Elective Course, Security Specialization/Concentration

What does it mean to have a gendered approach, and why does it matter? What assumptions underlie gender mainstreaming? Are these assumptions based on a particular ideology? Why are there still so few women serving in the world?s militaries? Is gender-based violence an inevitable consequence of war?

Those seeking a career in public policy, no matter what they work on or where, should be prepared to respond to professional demands regarding gender--whether it involves understanding how to conduct a gender analysis, or how to mainstream gender into their programs. This course is designed to provide this knowledge and skill-set. Students will come away from this course with a strong understanding of gender issues related to war, violence, and conflict, but the objective of the course is deeper and broader. By the course?s conclusion students should gain a sophisticated understanding of what gender mainstreaming involves, and its challenges, pitfalls, and complexities, especially in diverse ideological, religious, and cultural contexts. Topics that will be covered include the gendered causes and consequences of war, gender-based violence during wartime, women and peacekeeping, all-female armed groups, women and terrorism, and gender and the military. The course will also include an examination of policies and interventions designed to respond to gender-based violence, and to support women?s participation in peace and security operations.