Not available in 2023/24
GI427      Half Unit
Advanced Issues in Gender, Peace and Security

This information is for the 2023/24 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; institutional gender work; and peace and security case studies 3) violence, masculinities and accountability: conflict-related gender-based violence; men, peace and security; and resistance and backlash.  The course ends with a workshop.


This course runs in Winter 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 and essay abstract for written feedback and to present at workshop.

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

Indicative reading

  • Amiry, Suad (2007) Sharon and My Mother in Law: Ramallah Diaries, Knopf Doubleday.
  • 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).
  • Groarke, Margaret & Welty, Emily (eds).  (2018) Peace and Justice Studies (Routledge).
  • ‘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).
  • Hayes, Dina, Cahn, Naomi, Ni Aoláin, Fionnuoula & Valji, Nahla (eds). (2018) Oxford Handbook of Gender and Conflict (Oxford University Press).
  • Väyrynen, Tarja, Parashar, Swati, Féron, Elise, Confortini, Catia Cecilia (eds). (2021) Routledge Handbook of Feminist Peace Research (Routledge).


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

Student performance results

(2019/20 - 2021/22 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 33.3
Merit 62.3
Pass 4.3
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Gender Studies

Total students 2022/23: 15

Average class size 2022/23: 15

Controlled access 2022/23: Yes

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

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