GI413      Half Unit
Gender and Militarisation

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Marsha Henry


This course is available on the MPhil/PhD in Gender, MSc in Comparative Politics, MSc in Conflict Studies, MSc in Gender, MSc in Gender (Research), MSc in Gender (Sexuality), MSc in Gender, Development and Globalisation, MSc in Gender, Policy and Inequalities, MSc in Human Rights, MSc in Human Rights and Politics, MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies, MSc in International Relations (Research), MSc in International Relations Theory and MSc in Women, Peace and Security. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Course content

This course will provide students with an overview of militarisation and its gendered basis and effects. Students will be introduced to critiques of militarisation; the concept of militarised masculinities; different gendered experiences of conflict, violence and war; 'diversity' issues within a variety of national militaries; representations of gender and terror; peacekeeping; and the politics of peace and anti-militarism activities.


10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of seminars in the MT.

There will be a reading week in week 6 in line with departmental policy.

Formative coursework

Essay (1500 words) in the MT and Blog post (250 words) in the MT.

Indicative reading

Cockburn, C. (2012) Anti-militarism: political and gender dynamics of peace movements, Palgrave. Sjoberg, L., and S. Via, eds. (2010) Gender, war, and militarism: Feminist perspectives. New York: Praeger Security International Lorentzen, L.A. and Turpin, J. (eds.) (1998) The Women and War Reader, New York University Press. Zillah Eisenstein. (2007). Sexual Decoys: Gender, Race, and War in Imperial Democracy. London, UK: Zed Books. Cynthia Enloe. (2000). Maneuvers: The International Politics of Militarizing Women's Lives. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press. Robin Riley and Naeem Inayatullah. (2006). Interrogating Imperialism: Conversations on Gender, Race, and War. New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.


Project (100%, 4000 words) in the LT.

This will be an essay-diary.

Student performance results

(2015/16 - 2017/18 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 28.8
Merit 52.5
Pass 18
Fail 0.7

Key facts

Department: Gender Studies

Total students 2018/19: 51

Average class size 2018/19: 13

Controlled access 2018/19: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Communication