GI413      Half Unit
Gender, 'Race' and Militarisation

This information is for the 2020/21 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, Peace and Security, 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) and MSc in International Relations Theory. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course will only have 30 places available.

Course content

This course will provide students with a critical introduction to militarisation and its gendered and racialised basis and effects. Students will be introduced to theories of militarisation and martial politics; militarised masculinities and femininities; different geopolitical experiences of violence and war; 'diversity' issues within a variety of national militaries; racialised representations of gender and terror; the global colour-line and gendered division of labour in peacekeeping; and the global politics of peace and anti-militarism activities.


This course runs in the Lent term. It contains both asynchronous and interactive teaching and learning elements.

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

Formative coursework

Blog post (800 words) in the LT

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%, 3000 words) in the ST.

This will be an essay-diary.


Student performance results

(2016/17 - 2018/19 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 28.4
Merit 46.3
Pass 24.7
Fail 0.6

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: Gender Studies

Total students 2019/20: 40

Average class size 2019/20: 13

Controlled access 2019/20: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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