GI427      Half Unit
Thematic Topics in Global Gender (In)Security

This information is for the 2024/25 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Aiko Holvikivi


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.


This course has a limited number of places (it is controlled access) and demand is typically high. Priority is given to students on the MSc in Gender, Peace and Security. Further places on the course are allocated based on a short motivational statement. Department of Gender Studies students will be prioritised and do not need to provide a statement.  

Course content

Thematic Topics in Global Gender (In)Security provides an in-depth examination of peace and security issues from a gender perspective. The course explores issues related to but also exceeding the international Women Peace and Security agenda (WPS) and specifically considers areas not covered in as much depth in the foundational (GI425) course. These include: 1) critical approaches to peace and security (feminist foreign policy; queer perspectives on conflict and post-conflict spaces; GPS in cultural perspective) 2) implementing international policy frameworks (perspectives on national action plans; institutional gender work; resistance and backlash) 3) violence, masculinities and peacework (conflict-related gender-based violence; men, peace and security; peace and security case studies).  Students develop an independent research paper in conversation with course themes.


This half-unit course runs in the Winter term. This course has a reading week in Week 6 of WT.


Formative coursework

Essay title and essay abstract presented for feedback from course instructors and peers.

Indicative reading

  • Amiry, Suad. 2007. Sharon and My Mother in Law: Ramallah Diaries. Knopf Doubleday.
  • Belkin, Aaron. 2012. Bring Me Men: Military Masculinity and the Benign Façade of American Empire, 1898-2001. Columbia University Press.
  • Bustelo, Maria, Ferguson, Lucy &  Forest, Maxime. 2017. The Politics of Feminist Knowledge Transfer: Gender Training and Gender Expertise. Palgrave.
  • Groarke, Margaret & Welty, Emily (eds).  2018. Peace and Justice Studies. Routledge.
  • 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

(2020/21 - 2022/23 combined)

Classification % of students
Distinction 27
Merit 68.3
Pass 4.8
Fail 0

Key facts

Department: Gender Studies

Total students 2023/24: Unavailable

Average class size 2023/24: Unavailable

Controlled access 2023/24: No

Value: Half Unit

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Personal development skills

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