GI427      Half Unit
Advanced Issues in Gender, Peace and Security

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Marsha Henry


This course is available on the MSc in Gender, Peace and Security. This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.


Students must have completed Introduction to Gender, Peace and Security (GI425).

Course content

Advanced Issues in Gender, Peace and Security provides an in-depth examination of peace and security issues from a gender perspective. The course further explores issues emerging from, and beyond, the Women Peace and Security agenda (WPS) and specifically considers areas not covered in as much depth as in the prerequisite (GI425) course, including:1) critical approaches to peace and security: feminist foreign policy; queer perspectives on conflict and post-conflict spaces; GPS in cultural perspective 2) understanding implementation: perspectives on national action plans; complex humanitarian emergencies; and peace and security case studies 3) violence, masculinities and accountability: conflict-related gender-based violence; men, peace and security; and redress, repair and reparation for gendered harm.  The course ends with a workshop.



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

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

Formative coursework

Essay title, 2-page PowerPoint presentation for written feedback and to present at workshop.

Students can present this work at a 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


Essay (100%, 3000 words) in the ST.

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: 21

Average class size 2019/20: 21

Controlled access 2019/20: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

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