Not available in 2020/21
DV447      Half Unit
Youth and Gendered Violence

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Alcinda Honwana and Dr Naomi Pendle


This course is available on the MPA in International Development, MPA in Public Policy and Management, MPA in Public and Economic Policy, MPA in Public and Social Policy, MPA in Social Impact, MSc in Development Studies, MSc in Gender (Sexuality), MSc in Health and International Development, MSc in International Development and Humanitarian Emergencies and MSc in Political Economy of Late Development. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

Students will be allocated places to courses with priority to ID and joint-degree students.  If there are more ID and joint-degree students than the course can accommodate, these spots will be allocated randomly.  

Non-ID/Joint Degree students will be allocated to spare places by random selection with the preference given first to those degrees where the regulations permit this option.


Previous study of the social sciences or humanities is preferred.

Course content

The framework for this course considers the economic, social and political aspects of international development as reference points to examine structural inequalities affecting young men and women. It will consider young people’s socio-economic and political exclusion as well as their challenging transitions into adulthood. The course will address issues concerning education, health, labour markets, the household, family, marriage and social reproduction. Youth social and political engagement and participation will be studied through the lenses of military mobilisation, social movements, political protests and contributions to processes of social change. The course will also examine the gendered constructions of young women and young men’s places in the public and domestic spheres. It will interrogate assumptions about young people’s lives and bodies made by development and public policy and the ways in which such are challenged or reinforced. The course will discuss diverse forms of violence – structural, organised, physical and sexual - perpetrated against and by youth in contexts of war, conflict and radicalisation. The course will also discuss ways of understanding war and conflict as a foundation to then critically considering how masculinities and femininities, as well as ideas of youth, are remade during times of conflict and complex emergencies. A particular focus will be given to the agency young people by exploring issues of identity, religion, culture and power and the way these permeate private and public life.


15 hours of lectures and 15 hours of classes in the MT.

There will be a ninety-minute revision session in late LT or early ST. There will be a Reading Week in week 6.


Formative coursework

Students will be expected to write a short paper of 800-1000 words on the topic on which they will lead a class.

Indicative reading

Enloe , C. (1998) ‘All the men are in the militias, all the women are victims: the politics of masculinity and femininity in nationalist wars’. In L.A. Lorentzen and J.E. Turpin (eds.) The Women and War Reader. New York University Press, New York, NY. pp. 50–62.

Honwana, Alcinda. (2012). The Time of Youth: Work Social Change and Politics in Africa. Bolder and London: Kumarian Press, Lynne Rienner. Chapter 2: Waithood; Chapter 3: Aspirations; and Chapter 4: Getting By.

Sommers, Marc. (2011). Stuck: Rwandan Youth and the Struggle for Adulthood. Atlanta: University of Georgia Press. Chapter 5: Striving for Adulthood, pp. 115-139

Mannheim, Karl. 1952 (1927). The problem of generations. In Essays on the Sociology of knowledge. Edited by Paul Kecskemeti. London: Routledge.

Jeffrey, Craig. (2010). Timepass: Youth, class, and time among unemployed young men in India. American Ethnologist, Vol. 37, No. 3, pp. 465–48.

Thieme, Tatiana, (2018).  The hustle economy: Informality, uncertainty and the geographies of getting by. Progress in Human Geography, Vol. 42(4) 529–548

Honwana, Alcinda (2013). Youth and Revolution in Tunisia. London: Zed Books 



Case study (80%) in the LT.
Other (20%) in the MT.

The course will be assessed by a short paper linked to the seminar presentation and a researched developed case study.

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: International Development

Total students 2019/20: 25

Average class size 2019/20: 12

Controlled access 2019/20: Yes

Value: Half Unit

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