This course offers insight into key issues in the study of gender and conflict, interrogating Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security, including conflict-related sexual violence, while also analysing transnational feminist approaches beyond the resolutions. The course provides a focus for students interested in feminism and masculinity studies, sexuality and gender, alongside the tools to use gender analysis in the study of peacebuilding and peacekeeping, post-conflict initiatives, security and armed conflict.
The course uses interdisciplinary materials and research to examine the various dimensions of gender and conflict, in terms of the experiences of gendered subjects, as well as the legal and political frameworks that operate in conflict settings. Students will develop a nuanced understanding of various approaches to gender and sexuality and apply these to key issues across the spectrum of conflict.
On successful completion of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:
- Understand and explain the relevance theories on gender and sexuality to the study of conflict and security
- Be able to discuss and analyse the different roles women take up during armed conflicts and how these have different meanings within different cultural contexts
- Be aware of the international legal framework on women, peace and security
- To develop an understanding of feminist theories on peace and war, including a contemporary understanding of gender diversity and transgendered subjects, male victims and the need for intersectional approaches to a feminist peace project
This course is worth 15 credits in the UK system. 15 credits is equivalent to 4 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. If you intend to transfer credit to your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you apply. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however please be aware that the decision to transfer credit rests with your home institution.
Assessment will be optional and will vary for each course. Participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance and a Record of Study will be available on request.
Week 1: Gender and conflict
Week one introduces contemporary scholarship on gender and conflict – examining interdisciplinary developments and working to build skills in how to use gender as an analytical tool beyond approaches that simply focus on women/ adding women to existing debates. We examine key feminist tensions, as well as legal developments such as the women, peace and security resolutions and initiatives to challenge conflict-related sexual violence. We end the week with a walking tour of London that looks at various feminist peace monuments and contrasts these with public art and memorials. In advance of this week it is recommended that students read the introduction to one of the key texts (listed below).
Week 2: Gendered Experiences of Conflict
Week two examines key gender and conflict work in greater detail – asking how intersectionality works beyond gender and race through the examination of gender and disability in conflict. We will look at the end of conflict to examine women’s participation in peacekeeping, peacebuilding and peace agreements. Students will also learn about postconflict justice mechanisms such as the international criminal court. Mid-week we will think through knowledge production and contemporary decolonising knowledge work through participating in archiving activity about conflict. In your tutorials you will study a number of case studies to apply the gender knowledge you have learnt. We end the week with a public event – an activist’s roundtable. Before the class have a look at some of the following journal special issues: International Affairs – edited by Laura Shepherd and Paul Kirby Feminist Journal of International Politics – edited by Nicola Pratt and Sophie Richter-Devroe
Week 3: Contemporary Debates
In the final week we map cutting edge debates to examine where next for gender and conflict research – including feminist studies of counterterrorism and the role of new technologies in conflict. We also look at the work of transnational feminism and how knowledge is produced locally, transregionally and, often, outside of formal structures. Students will have the opportunity to present their essay topic to the group and receive feedback from the module convenor and tutor. Before week three you might like to look at the Boston Consortium on Gender, Security and Human Rights– a fantastic resource and worth a good browse! You will also find the Special Issue of the Australian Feminist Law Journal on Gender, War and Technology good preparation for this week.
Assessment: is optional and will be in the form of a 2000-2500 word essay to be handed in 2 weeks after the end of the course.
Teaching & Learning
50 hours (lectures, tutorials, activities). The course will be delivered Monday - Friday over the 3 weeks.
Monday - Friday 10am-3pm. In addition to regular lectures and tutorials, each course is composed of a range of activities relating to their academic content (e.g. museum visit, company visit etc.).
Fees and Funding
A one-off, non-refundable application fee of £40 will be charged to cover administration costs. Please visit the SOAS online store to make your application fee payment.
- 10% discount if you apply by 31 March 2019
- 20% discount for our partner institutions
Accommodation is available to Summer School students at the SOAS halls of residence, Dinwiddy House.
In order to join our Summer School, you will need to meet the following entry requirements:
- A university student or a graduate at the time of attending the summer school, and 18+ years of age.
- Professional experience can be acknowledged as equivalent to a university qualification.
- A minimum English language requirement if English is not your first language:
- IELTS, 6.5 overall or higher, with at least 6 in all subscores.
- TOEFL Paper-based test we require a minimum of 583 with minimum 53 in all skills and for TOEFL Internet Based Test we require a minimum of 93 with minimum 20 in all skills.
- Pearson Test of English a score of 59-64
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Grade B
- If you have studied in an English speaking institution, or have courses taught at your university in English (excluding English language courses), you may meet our requirements without having to supply a certificate. Evidence of this will either need to be included on a transcript or letter from your university.
- Applicants with an alternative qualification should contact us for advice.
- Applicants whose English language level do not meet out requirements may be interested in our subject-based courses with English language support.
Enrolment of Summer School applicants who don’t meet the entry requirements is at the discretion of SOAS – please get in touch to speak to us in detail about your application.
Once you have paid the £40 application fee and submitted the online application form, you will be informed as to whether you have a place on the summer school within 5 working days. Please do not pay your tuition fee prior to having received your offer letter.
31 May 2019