Gender, Security and War

This course focuses on the field of Feminist Security Studies, which explores the relationships between gender (and other intersecting oppressions, such as race) and security.

The course asks questions about the gendered nature of security and war, both in terms of how gender norms shape war and security as well as how war and security in turn reshape gender norms.

What does the course lead to?

Students will learn the tools to carry out their own analyses of security and war from a gender perspective. The course illustrates the theoretical discussion through practical examples taken from feminist research on current violent conflicts around the world.

Structure of the course

To introduce students to this body of feminist literature, the course focuses on four main areas:

  • How have feminists and other critical scholars challenged what security means or should mean?
  • What happens when we study political violence
    while also paying attention to femininities and masculinities?
  • What do we find out about conscription, privatization, or civilmilitary relations when we ask feminist questions about soldiers and militaries?
  • How has feminist activism, exemplified in the adoption of the so-called women, peace & security agenda at the United Nations, changed global security environments?

The course includes lectures and mandatory seminars.

Application Code


Study Pace




Starting Term

Spring Term 2024

Study Period

2024 week 8 - 12


Advanced level

Study Mode



Freestanding course


Accepted to the Master's Programme in Politics and War. For freestanding course: Bachelor of Science Degree in Military Studies or Bachelor's degree worth 180 credits, of which 90 credits are in war studies or equivalent.



Language of Instruction

The teaching is conducted in English.


If you have questions about the course, please contact the Study Counsellors.

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Published 2023-09-19 Updated 2023-10-17