BASS Politics and Data Analytics / Course details

Year of entry: 2024

Course unit details:
Gender, War & Militarism

Course unit fact file
Unit code POLI30791
Credit rating 20
Unit level Level 3
Teaching period(s) Semester 1
Available as a free choice unit? Yes

Overview

  1. Introduction to Gender, War & Militarism
  2. What is (the coloniality of) gender?
  3. What is militarism?
  4. What is war?
  5. What is the relationship between nuclear weapons and women and (colonial) gender discourses?
  6. What are the gendered and colonial anatomies of the Russian invasion of Ukraine?
  7. Do military interventions liberate women?
  8. What are the gendered, racialised, and classed politics of recruiting for war?
  9. What are the feminist politics of inclusions, exclusions and bans in military institutions?
  10. Conclusion: Feminist reflections on ending war and essay writing workshop

 

Pre/co-requisites

This course is ONLY OPEN to students from the following degree programmes: BSocSci, BA (Econ) Politics Specialists (including development studies), PMH, Phil/Pol, Law with Politics, PPE, BASS

 

Aims

This course explores the complex relatonship between (the coloniality of) gender, war and militarism in international politics. Beginning with an understanding of gender as constitutive, the course will examine:

  1. How gendered representations are central logics in practices of war and militarism;
  2. How war and militarism produce gender in a variety of competing and conflicting ways;
  3. How war and militarism produce a range of gendered affects and effects.

The course will develop a deep and critical engagement with the three central categories of analysis – (coloniality of) gender, militarism and war – and work at the intersections of the core concepts. Thinking with and through the coloniality of gender, the course will also critically explore other categories of analysis (race, class, class and sexuality and embodiment, experience and the everyday) to further complicate the relationship between subjectivity and militarism and war.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit successful students will be able to:

 Knowledge and understanding of the subject:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the complex relationship between gender, war and militarism;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of feminist approaches to the study of war and militarism in relation to both mainstream and critical approaches;
  • Outline and discuss how critically engaging with gender is significant to international politics;
  • Demonstrate an ability to think critically about feminism and the gendered politics of violence in international politics;
  • Evaluate different interpretations of the complex relationship between these three core concepts;
  • Articulate their own views on gender, war and militarism with recourse to (and sometimes rejection of) both the literature covered in the course and literature and information gathered for the research essay.

Knowledge and understanding

 Knowledge and understanding of the subject:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the complex relationship between gender, war and militarism;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of feminist approaches to the study of war and militarism in relation to both mainstream and critical approaches;
  • Outline and discuss how critically engaging with gender is significant to international politics;
  • Demonstrate an ability to think critically about feminism and the gendered politics of violence in international politics;
  • Evaluate different interpretations of the complex relationship between these three core concepts;
  • Articulate their own views on gender, war and militarism with recourse to (and sometimes rejection of) both the literature covered in the course and literature and information gathered for the research essay.

Intellectual skills

On completion of this unit successful students will be able to

Intellectual and Transferable Skills:

  • Gather, organise and deploy analytical evidence, data and information from a variety of secondary and some primary sources;
  • Construct reasoned argument, synthesise relevant information and exercise critical judgement;
  • Reflect on their own learning and seek and make use of constructive feedback;
  • Critically analyse and disseminate information;
  • Manage their own learning self-critically;
  • Recognise the importance of explicit referencing and the ethical requirements of study, in particular critical and reflective use of information and communications technology in the learning process;
  • Communicate effectively and fluently in speech and writing. *Employers require Politics and International Relations graduates to be able to communicate ideas effectively to a varied audience. This ability to translate complex ideas to a wide audience is a particularly valued skill;
  • Use communication and information technology, including audi-ovisual technology, for the retrieval and presentation of information;
  • Progress through the degree programme to become mature, independent learners who can demonstrate initiative, self-organisation and time management attributes. The ability to identify opportunities for continuous learning and development, leading to future continuous professional development, is particularly valued by employers;
  • Collaborate with others to achieve common goals through, for example group work, group projects, group presentations. Employers regard collaboration and the identification of common goals highly.

Transferable skills and personal qualities

On completion of this unit successful students will be able to

 Intellectual and Transferable Skills:

  • Gather, organise and deploy analytical evidence, data and information from a variety of secondary and some primary sources;
  • Construct reasoned argument, synthesise relevant information and exercise critical judgement;
  • Reflect on their own learning and seek and make use of constructive feedback;
  • Critically analyse and disseminate information;
  • Manage their own learning self-critically;
  • Recognise the importance of explicit referencing and the ethical requirements of study, in particular critical and reflective use of information and communications technology in the learning process;
  • Communicate effectively and fluently in speech and writing. *Employers require Politics and International Relations graduates to be able to communicate ideas effectively to a varied audience. This ability to translate complex ideas to a wide audience is a particularly valued skill;
  • Use communication and information technology, including audio-visual technology, for the retrieval and presentation of information;
  • Progress through the degree programme to become mature, independent learners who can demonstrate initiative, self-organisation and time management attributes. The ability to identify opportunities for continuous learning and development, leading to future continuous professional development, is particularly valued by employers;
  • Collaborate with others to achieve common goals through, for example group work, group projects, group presentations. Employers regard collaboration and the identification of common goals highly.

Assessment methods

Weekly Reading Journal 1,000 words 25%

Recruitment ad campaign + Self-Assessment 1,000 words, 25%

Essay 2,000 words, 50%

Feedback methods

Politics staff will provide feedback on written work within 15 working days of submission.

Students should be aware that all marks are provisional until confirmed by the external examiner and the final examinations boards in June.

For modules that do not have examination components the marks and feedback for the final assessed component are not subject to the 15 working day rule and will be released with the examination results.

You will receive feedback on assessed essays in a standard format. This will rate your essay in terms of various aspects of the argument that you have presented your use of sources and the quality of the style and presentation of the essay. If you have any queries about the feedback that you have received you should make an appointment to see your tutor.

On assessments submitted through Turnitin you will receive feedback via Blackboard. This will include suggestions about ways in which you could improve your work in future. You will also receive feedback on non-assessed coursework, whether this is individual or group work. This may be of a more informal kind and may include feedback from peers as well as academic staff

Recommended reading

Ackerly, Brooke A., Maria Stern, and Jacqui True, eds., Feminist Methodologies for International Relations (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2006).Cohn, Carol, ed., Women & Wars (Polity Press, 2013).

Enloe, Cynthia, Bananas, Beaches and Bases: Making Feminist Sense of International Politics, 2 edition (London: University of California Press, 2014).

Kronswell, Annica & Erica Svedberg, eds., Making Gender, Making War: Violence, Military and Peacekeeping Practices (London: Routledge, 2013).

Parpart, Jane L., and Marysia Zalewski, Rethinking the Man Question: Sex, Gender and Violence in International Relations (London: Zed Books, 2008).

Shepherd, Laura, Gender, Violence & Popular Culture: Telling Stories (London: Routledge, 2013).

Sjoberg, Laura, Gender, War & Conflict (London: Polity Press, 2014).

Sjoberg, Laura & Sandra Via, eds., Gender, War & Militarism: Feminist Perspectives (Praeger, 2010).

Steans, Jill, Gender and International Relations: An Introduction, 3 Edition (Cambridge: Polity Press, 2013).

Weber, Cynthia, Imagining America at War: Morality, Politics, and Film (London: Routledge, 2006).

Zalewski, Marysia, Feminist International Relations: Exquisite Corpse (London: Routledge, 2013).

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Cristina Masters Unit coordinator

Additional notes

Length of Course: 12 weeks

 

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