The course enables students to gain an understanding of gender concepts and theories, as well as knowledge concepts that position gender as being interfered with by other inequality dimensions.
The course offers methodological tools to study and analyse how public actors address gender issues.
The course also focuses on historical and local differences in goals and strategies in gender equality policies.
What role does gender play in international institutions or conflicts? How do they affect women and men differently and to what extent do they reinforce or challenge gender relationships and hierarchies? And to what extent do either international institutions as well as (post-)conflict situations provide or impede opportunities for feminist movements? These and other questions we will address in this seminar focusing on different empirical domains. In particular, we will examine how gender relationships are construed or altered with the participation of women in combat, peacekeeping forces or rebel and terrorist groups while at the same time discuss how international institutions such as the United Nations potentially change gender hierarchies through their involvement in conflicts or provide platforms for mobilization to alter them.
|The course is open to all students with a Bachelor's degree who are interested in current debates on categorisations of people as men and women; on differences and similarities between women and men, girls and boys; on what is viewed and lived as feminine and masculine or transgender; on gender concepts and theories; or on why organisations and policy makers address gender issues and how they do this. Students should be eager to learn about and debate on public initiatives to change gender unequal relations.Students are required to write reading weekly reports, which are considered to be starting points for discussing the literature in class. To actively participate in the course, academic skills and proficiency in English are absolutely necessary. These skills can be tested on the basis of a first assignment. Students who do not pass the test cannot participate in the course.|
A paper, an assignment and oral participation. Partial grades remain valid.