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Unit information: Gender and Security in 2021/22

Unit name Gender and Security
Unit code POLI30032
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Medie
Open unit status Not open




School/department School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law

Description including Unit Aims

This unit provides an introduction to the concepts of gender and security and to how they are connected. It begins with an examination of key theories, concepts, and debates in gender studies, security studies, and feminist international relations and of how they are interconnected. The unit then draws on these theories, concepts, and debates to analyse gender and (in)security in the past and present. It analyses the causes and dynamics of women’s and men’s (in)security in varied geographical, political, and social contexts with a focus on the themes of gender-based violence, war, peacebuilding, the economy, human rights, the environment, health, women’s political participation, migration, and feminist methodologies.

Intended Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the unit, students will be able to:

• Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of gender and security
• Demonstrate an understanding of how security is gendered
• Use gender as an analytical lens to study security
• Critically apply relevant theoretical and conceptual frameworks to historical and contemporary events and phenomena

Teaching Information

The unit will be taught through blended learning methods, including a mix of synchronous and asynchronous teaching activities

Assessment Information

1000 word analytical essay (25%)

3000 word essay (75%)

Both assessments assess all learning outcomes.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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