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KINT 5185 - Gender and (In)Security

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2018-2019

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English


A basic understanding of the main Schools of IR and security studies.

Course Description

This course examines the gendered dimensions of international security and explores contemporary debates on peace, conflict and security through the lenses of critical feminist approaches. Class discussions will aim at enhancing critical thinking and challenging mainstream narratives of security. Students will use feminist analyses to investigate how gendered identities and norms affect key issues like war, militarism and peace. The course will emphasise the importance of looking at structural cases of insecurity and at the linkages between various forms of (in)security. No aspect of security can be understood fully without the integration of gender as a category of analysis.


GANZ, Aurora (Doctorante)

Course validation

ASSESSMENT Participation 20% - This module will be driven by the active and thoughtful participation of all students. Students must come to class prepared to discuss the readings and ready to comment on the specifics of each case we study. Research/Creative Project 30% - A 2,000 words research paper. Students will use the concept of ‘intersectionality' to describe and analyse a particular case of (in)security, e.g. by looking at specific marginalised groups or the gender effects of a particular global policy. Students may also present your findings as a creative project, such as a video, news article, blogpost, art piece, or other creative venture. A more detailed description of the assignment will be provided in class. Final essay 50% - The final assignment will consist of an essay (3,000 words) question that probes students' understanding of all course materials (readings, class lectures, and additional materials such as videos shown in class and additional materials handed out in class).

Required reading

  • Enloe, Cynthia. (2014). Bananas, Beaches, and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press. 2nd edition. Revised and Updated.
  • Sjoberg, Laura, ed. (2010). Gender and International Security: Feminist Perspectives, Routledge, 2010.
  • Collins, P. H., & Bilge, S. (2016). Intersectionality. John Wiley & Sons.