GI427      Half Unit
Advanced Issues in Women, Peace and Security

This information is for the 2019/20 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Marsha Henry and Dr Aisling Swaine


This course is compulsory on the MSc in Women, Peace and Security. This course is not available as an outside option.

This course is for MSc in Women, Peace and Security students only. Students registered on other programmes are welcome to apply for GI425 Women, Peace and Security, where programme regulations and capacity allows.


Students must have completed Women, Peace and Security (GI425).

Must be registered on MSc Women Peace and Security.

Course content

Advanced Issues in Women, Peace and Security will provide an in-depth examination of peace and security issues affecting women in a global world. The course will explore emerging areas of research and policy related to the four pillars of the UN women peace and security agenda and specifically areas not covered in the prerequisite (GI425) course, including: strategies towards implementation of the WPS agenda; international legal and theoretical approaches to conflict-related sexual and other forms of violence; emerging areas of policy that may include issues such as preventing violent extremism; men, peace and security; transitional justice and humanitarian responses; ethical and methodological issues raised in researching WPS;  and considering representations of gender, peace and security.



30 hours of seminars in the LT.

The seminars will use an integrated lecture/seminar structure.

Students will have a reading week in week 6 in line with departmental policy.

Formative coursework

Essay title, abstract and workshop: Students can produce an essay title and abstract for which they will receive written feedback and guidance.

Students can present this work at a full day workshop at the end of term. Students will be organised into panels and present to the full group and provide peer feedback to each other’s work. 

Indicative reading

Cockburn, C, (2004) ‘The Continuum of Violence: A Gender Perspective on War and Peace’, in Wenona Giles and Jennifer Hyndman (eds), Sites of Violence: Gender and Conflict Zones (Los Angeles: University of California Press); ‘The Futures of Women, Peace and Security', (2016) special issue of International Affairs, eds Paul Kirby and Laura J. Shepherd (Vol. 92, No. 2, March); ‘Oxford Handbook of Gender and Conflict’, (2018) eds Dina Hayes, Naomi Cahn, Fionnuoula Ni Aoláin & Nahla Valji, Oxford University Press; Satterthwaite, M. L. and Huckerby, J. (eds.) Gender, National Security and Counter-Terrorism: A Human Rights Perspective. Routledge. pp. 36-59;  True, J and Davies,S., eds (2018) ‘Oxford Handbook on Women, Peace and Security.’; True, J. (2016). ‘Explaining the global diffusion of the Women, Peace and Security Agenda,’ International Political Science Review, 37, 3, 307-323.


Essay (100%, 4000 words) in the ST.

Students will develop a 4000 word research essay with a topic of their choice, as approved by course convenor early in term (100%).  This essay can be linked to the earlier abstract work or students may choose a different topic.

Key facts

Department: Gender Studies

Total students 2018/19: 25

Average class size 2018/19: 25

Controlled access 2018/19: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Leadership
  • Self-management
  • Team working
  • Problem solving
  • Communication