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Gender and Conflict in International Relations
/ PSCI 261
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.
Grading: no pass/fail option,
yes fifth course option
short writing assignments; some combination of take-home exams and in-class presentations; class participation
potential and actual Political Science majors or Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies majors
This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
PSCI International Relations Courses