GI413      Half Unit
Gender, Race and Militarisation

This information is for the 2023/24 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Maria Rashid


This course is available on the MPhil/PhD in Gender, MSc in Comparative Politics, MSc in Gender, MSc in Gender (Research), MSc in Gender (Rights and Human Rights), 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 Political Science (Conflict Studies and Comparative Politics). This course is available with permission as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit.

This course will only have limited 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 Winter term. 

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

Formative coursework

Blog post (250-500 words) in the WT

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

• 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

(2019/20 - 2021/22 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 32.1
Merit 55.4
Pass 12.5
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Gender Studies

Total students 2022/23: 33

Average class size 2022/23: 16

Controlled access 2022/23: Yes

Lecture capture used 2022/23: Yes (LT)

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

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