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DAFF 25A57 - Gender-based violence and displacement

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Spring 2019-2020

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

The course will introduce students to the concept of gender-based violence (GBV) and its root causes with special focus on research methods. It will help them to reflect critically upon traditional roles of men and women, power imbalances and the way they enact social norms and values which could lead to different forms of GBV, including domestic, sexual and honour-based violence. Through a range of methodologies and theoretical frameworks, the course will highlight how inequality and traditional gender roles lead to problematic social interactions within the family, the community and wider society ending up in violence. The aim of the course is to introduce students to different research methodologies in gender-based violence, its forms and dynamics as well as its various implications. It will also highlight the concept of intersectionality and how gender is interconnected and played out across race, ethnicity, religion, class, social status, age, etc. Case studies will be used to support these theoretical approaches and analyses, examining how government bodies, international organisations and women's rights groups can coordinate resistance strategies against GBV.


Begikhani, Nazand (Senior Research Fellow Chaire V Wright)

Course validation

1. Combining lectures, interactive debates, practical exercises and presentations of written essays. 3. Students are expected to participate and contribute to debates actively during class. 4. Students are expected to be on time, be present, be prepared and be enthusiastic. 5. They are also encouraged to read the recommended texts and, most importantly, be curious, creative and positive. Participating in debates throughout the semester (20%); 2-4 pages' paper & oral presentation (40%); final essay (about 2000 words) (40%).

Required reading

  • • Westmarland, Nicole and Hannah Bows, Researching Gender, Violence and Abuse: Theory, Methods, Action, 2019. Taylor & Francis
  • • Begikhani, Nazand, Gill, Aisha & Hauge, Gill, Hounour-based Violence: Experiences and Counter Strategies in Iraqi Kurdistan Region and the UK Kurdish Diaspora, Ashgate, 2015.