PSCI 261
Gender and Conflict in International Relations Spring 2020
Division II
Cross-listed WGSS 262 / PSCI 261

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This course explores gender dynamics in modern conflicts from the perspective of civilian societies, state militaries and non-state armed groups. The course will look at gender roles, relations, and symbols, throughout different phases of conflict including the precursors to conflict, during a conflict, and finally in the aftermath of active conflict. We will examine contemporary security debates related to gender including violent extremism, women in the military, and post-conflict reconstruction. We also look at case studies from several regions including Uganda, El Salvador, Sierra Leone, and Northern Ireland. Gender, in this course, will be used as a lens to understand different identities in conflict and expectations for women, men, boys, and girls, as well as examine femininities and masculinities. The course will use literature from scholars in the field of gender and conflict but will also include literature on conflict that does not have a gender perspective, with the aim to encourage students to add their own gendered analysis or questioning of current theories of conflict in international relations.
The Class: Type: seminar
Limit: 18
Expected: 18
Class#: 3891
Grading: no pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: short writing assignments; some combination of take-home exams and in-class presentations; class participation
Prerequisites: none
Enrollment Preferences: potential and actual political science majors or women's, gender, and sexuality studies majors
Distributions: Division II
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
WGSS 262 Division II PSCI 261 Division II
Attributes: PSCI International Relations Courses

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