Gender, Sex, and Violence in Global Politics




In this course, we will consider the international dimensions of gender, sex and violence, both within the context of war and during periods of peace. Both academic scholarship and current policy debates are informed by powerful—and often unquestioned—assumptions about sex, gender and violence. Recent research has challenged some of these ideas, and policymakers have responded with calls for better data, increased attention to long-hidden problems, and new strategies to confront these difficult problems. In the course, we will consider a series of policy-relevant questions on the politics of sex, gender, and violence. Topics that we will cover include the sexed and gendered causes and consequences of war (e.g., Do sex and gender inequalities cause armed conflict? Are women leaders more peaceful? What are the consequences of war for people of different genders?); gendered motivations for political violence (e.g., What drives people of different genders to choose violence?); the regulation of sex and gender within state and non-state armed groups, including the military, insurgencies and terrorist organizations; the causes and consequences of wartime sexual violence; and the global politics of sex work and human trafficking. The course will feature several guest speakers such as leading academic researchers and practitioners, and will include discussions of research design and implementation, as well as the implications of research on policy responses and interventions.


Additional Information

Faculty: Dara Kay Cohen
Semester: Full Spring Term
Time: Tues, Thurs, 1:30 - 2:45 p.m. ET
IGA 229