21 Gender-Related Courses to Take at Georgetown in Fall 2021

Attention current undergraduate and graduate students! Are you interested in learning more about women writers in the post-Soviet region, the experience of women in the Arab world, or Black feminist theory? Georgetown University is offering a host of Fall 2021 courses that incorporate a gender lens across a wide range of sectors, regions, and themes. 

Use this blog post as a resource for making your course selections for the upcoming semester — click through the course numbers to access the course descriptions and schedule on MyAccess.


Certificate Courses

Georgetown graduate students: these classes count towards the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS) Graduate Certificate in Gender, Peace and Security.

Gender, International Security and DevelopmentGOVT 570

Professor: GIWPS Affiliate Researcher Dr. Seniha Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana

Time: 5-7:30pm on Mondays 

This course aims to prepare students to work as diplomats, experts in peacebuilding, development, humanitarian relief, displacement, and post-conflict reconstruction, among other fields, with a knowledge of gender issues and the ability to apply a gender lens. The class contextualizes gender issues and asks the question: how would we think about international peace, security and development approaches and design intervention strategies if gender was treated as a central consideration in international affairs and peacebuilding programming? To answer this question, the class will explore both conceptual considerations related to gender and its practical application. Focusing on practical skills such as conflict-sensitive gender analysis, it will examine how to most effectively mainstream gender into policy making and programming related to international peace, security, and development. This is a mandatory, core course for the GIWPS graduate certificate.


Gender and Security ToolboxGOVX 536

Professor: Karine Lepillez

Time: 6:30-9pm on Thursdays

Many development and peace organizations are now required to have a gender-sensitive approach in order to receive funding from agencies such as USAID, DfiD, and OECD. Graduates who have a robust understanding of these issues may be more desirable applicants for future positions in security, diplomacy, or development both abroad and in the United States. This advanced seminar will teach you concrete skills for ensuring gender is considered in peacebuilding, security, and development fields. The course will explore critical skills – from gender mainstreaming and gender analysis to gender-sensitive budgeting, research, monitoring and evaluation, advocacy, and social impact analysis (beyond gender). The course will enable students to capably serve as gender focal points and learn how practitioners have successfully advanced gender in their diplomacy, development, and defense work.


Gender and Terrorism SEST 544

Professor: Mehreen Farooq

Time: 6:30-9pm on Tuesdays

From women of the Provisional Irish Republican Army to the all-female suicide bombing units of Sri Lanka’s Tamil Tigers, women have played critical roles in terrorist organizations across the globe for decades. Despite their prevalence, the gendered differential approaches to recruitment, processes of radicalization, and the roles that women can play in promoting peace and security are less understood. From theoretical foundations to policy implications, this course will address pressing terrorism threats to national and international security with an often overlooked gender lens. As part of the Graduate Certificate in Gender, Peace and Security, this course will explore gender dynamics in conflict, peacebuilding and stabilization – with a focus on preventing terrorism. We will explore, from a policymaker and practitioner’s perspective, how violent actors manipulate social, economic, political, ideological, or psychological factors to recruit both men and women. The course will also examine women’s role in stabilization efforts in fragile, or violent extremism affected environments. We will consider toxic masculinity, constructive male engagement, and capacity building measures to strengthen women’s roles in preventing violent extremism.


Graduate Courses

Women and Gender in the Arab World ARST 532

Professor: TBA

Time: 3:30-6pm on Tuesdays


Gender and Migration in Europe INAF 502

Professor: Joyce Mushaben

Time: 12:30-3pm on Tuesdays


(En)Gendered Security SEST 639

Professor: Mariya Omelicheva

Time: 6:30-9pm on Wednesdays


Gender & Environment: Latin AmericaLASP 427 

Professor: Joyce Marie Mushaben

Time: 6:30-9pm on Tuesdays


Gender and Care in Modern US Poetry ENGL 443

Professor: Libbie Rifkin

Time: 12:30-1:45pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays


Undergraduate Courses

Women, Peace, and Security IPOL 319

Professor: Seniha Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana and Robert Nagel

Time: 5-6:15pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays

The course, taught by GIWPS fellows Dr. Seniha Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana and Dr. Robert Nagel, will introduce students to the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda. Students will examine the gendered aspects of conflict and peace including the role women play in national and international security, conflict resolution, peace-building, and post-conflict recovery. Drawing on original research from the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, the course will explore the impact of women’s participation in armed conflict, conflict prevention, peacekeeping, mitigating humanitarian emergencies, post-conflict transitions, and economic recovery. Using UN Security Council resolutions and other international mechanisms, we will introduce students to the international normative framework underpinning the WPS agenda. The course will also take a critical look at the implementation of the WPS Agenda to identify gaps and challenges and to develop a comprehensive, realistic, and effective response.


Men, Women and Gender in the Workplace MGMT 296

Professor: Ella Washington

Time: 3:30-6:15 pm on Mondays


Gender and Feminism PHIL 112

Professor: Alisa L Carse

Time: 11am-12:15pm on Mondays and Wednesdays


Black Feminism AFAM 215

Professor: Dayo Gore

Time: 9:30-10:45am on Tuesdays and Thursdays


Population, Gender and Environment WGST 247

Professor: Patricia Biermayr-Jenzano

Time: 3:30-6pm on Thursdays


Gender, Race, and Feminism WGST 238

Professor: Emerald L Christopher

Time: 11am-12:15pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays


Feminist Disability Studies WGST 234

Professor: Jaime Madden

Time: 3:30-4:45pm


Gender and the Law WGST 251

Professor: Sara H. Collina

Time: 3:30-4:45pm on Mondays and Wednesdays


Violence, Gender, and Human Rights WGST 260

Professor: You-me Park

Time: 3:30-6pm on Mondays


Women’s Writing after the Fall WGST 255

Professor: Irina Denischenko

Time: 12:30-1:45pm


Women in American Politics WGST 266

Professor: Donna Brazile

Time: 2-4:30pm on Wednesdays


Women and the Civil Rights Movement HIST 289

Professor: Marcia Chatelain

Time: 11am-12:15pm on Mondays and Wednesdays


Gender and Environment in Latin America LASP 427

Professor: Patricia Biermayr-Jenzano

Time: 6:30-9pm on Tuesdays


Language, Gender and Sexuality LING 343

Professor: Marissa Joanne Fond

Time: 2-3:15pm on Mondays and Wednesdays


Happy registering from GIWPS!

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