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Unit information: Gender, Conflict, Migration and Human Rights in 2015/16

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Unit name Gender, Conflict, Migration and Human Rights
Unit code SPOL30043
Credit points 10
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 2C (weeks 13 - 18)
Unit director Dr. Gangoli
Open unit status Not open




School/department School for Policy Studies
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


This unit will provide students with an understanding of gender based violence, conflict and migration within the normative context found in international humanitarian law and human rights which provides the basis for the actions and limitations of the international community. The intersections between these areas have significant health and welfare consequences at a global level, and the unit will explore these issues. The aims of the unit are to develop an understanding of:

  • Global patterns of gender violence, migration and conflict
  • Legal and human rights dimensions of migration and violence
  • The impact of migration on the health of individuals and groups
  • The health implications of conflict, violence and natural disasters

Intended learning outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, the student will

  • Understand current knowledge about gender based violence, migration and conflict
  • Be able to analyse the links between migration, conflict, gender based violence and patterns of health and illness
  • Comprehend the existing framework of international human rights and humanitarian law
  • Be aware of key issues in the management of public health in the context of conflict, violence and disasters

Teaching details

Lectures and seminars, which will use a variety of learning methods including lectures, discussions, videos, group exercises, and presentations from students.

Assessment Details

Formative assessment: a 15-minute presentation in groups of 2-3 with verbal feedback.

Summative assessment: essay of max 2,500 words from a list of titles which will enable the student to demonstrate they have met the learning outcomes of the unit.

Reading and References

International Migration and the Millennium Development Goals downloadable at:

M. Freeman, Human Rights: An Interdisciplinary Approach (Polity, 2nd edn., 2011)

Baines, E.K. (2004) Vulnerable Bodies: Gender, the UN and the Global Refugee Crisis Burlington, VT: Ashgate.

Giles, W and J Hyndman (eds) (2004) Sites of Violence Los Angeles: UCLA Press

Aghtaie, N and Gangoli G. (eds) (2014) Understanding Gender Based Violence in National and International Context Abingdon: Routledge.