Add a Gender Lens to Your Spring 2021 Class Schedule

Hey Hoyas! Are you looking for Spring 2021 courses with a gender focus? Georgetown University offers a wide range of courses that examine the intersection of gender with war, history, politics, law, immigration, religion, and sustainability.

I really enjoyed the Gender, Environment and Sustainability course with Patricia Biermayr-Jenzano. We looked at case studies of how gender norms and environmental issues play out in Latin America, and I focused on Indigenous women as environmental activists in the Amazon for my final project. It sparked my interest in the linkages between climate change and gender, which I’m now exploring in my role as a GIWPS research assistant.

The following list includes both graduate and undergraduate course offerings for Spring 2021 that incorporate a gender analysis. Click through the course numbers to access the course descriptions and schedule on MyAccess.


Graduate Courses

The following 3 courses have been approved for credit towards the GIWPS Graduate Certificate in Gender, Peace and Security. Students who are not currently pursuing the Certificate are also welcome to enroll!


Gender, International Security and DevelopmentGOVT 570 or MSFS 571

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

Time: Mondays 5-7:30pm

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. Certificate candidates are required to complete this foundation course.


Diversity & Inclusion in Conflict Resolution and Development MSFS 708

Professor: Carla Koppell

Time: Thursdays 5-7:30pm

This course will provide a broad overview of the wide range of diversity and inclusion issues that influence diplomatic, conflict resolution and development efforts. The course will embrace a wide definition of diversity, touching on efforts relating to age, ability, ethnicity, gender identity, race, sex, and socioeconomic status among others. The goal of the course will be to provide students with a solid understanding of how diversity and inclusion issues are relevant to diplomatic, conflict resolution, and international development efforts. The course will also equip students with strategies and tools for incorporating attention to diversity and promoting inclusion in their work. Certificate candidates must complete two advanced modules (1.5 credit) or one advanced course (3 credit) offered by GIWPS. This course counts as a specialization course.


Gender and War – SEST 698 

Professor: Kyleanne Margaret Hunter

Time: Tuesdays 6:30-9pm

This course is designed to provide an understanding of the gendered dimensions of armed conflict and its aftermath, with a special attention to how military strategy shapes gendered conflicts. The course will begin with a review of gender theory, and then deeply examine how it may be applied to understanding issues of security and the dynamics of armed conflict and peacebuilding. Included in these thematic issues are gendered frames for understanding militarism and combatancy, gender-based violence related to conflict, humanitarian response, and gendered approaches to understanding the aftermath of conflict, such as transitional justice measures. The course is designed to combine theoretical and practice-based approaches to issues of gender and conflict, drawing from interdisciplinary theoretical and policy resources, as well as case studies from differing situations of armed conflict globally. Certificate candidates must complete 9 credits of additional coursework that applies a gender lens to security, diplomacy, development, or International Affairs more broadly. This course counts as a flex course.


We also recommend the following graduate courses:


Arab Feminism Through Literature ARST 552

Professor: Mohammad Alahmad

Time: Mondays 9:30am-12pm


Women and LeadershipGOVT 633

Professor: Anne M. Cammisa

Time: Thursdays 9:30am-12pm


US Women’s and Gender HistoryHIST 682

Professor: Katherine Benton-Cohen

Time: Thursdays 3:30-6pm


Women and Immigration LAWJ 1075

Professors: Anam Rahman and Alexandra Ribe

Time Tuesdays and Wednesdays 3-5pm


Gender and Sexuality LAWJ 1272

Professor: Naomi J. Mezey

Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3-4:25


Women and Leadership LAWJ 1465

Professor: Hillary Sale

Time: Tuesdays 12:30-2:30pm


Gender and US Foreign Policy LAWG 2065

Professors: Rachel B. Vogelstein and Jennifer L. Klein

Time: Fridays 12:30-2:30pm


Undergraduate Courses

Diverse Voices in Foreign Affairs – IPOL 210

Professor: Carla Koppell

Time: Tuesdays 5-7pm

This class will feature guest speakers of different backgrounds who have influenced foreign affairs policy and practice in different sub-fields of international affairs, including defense, diplomacy, development, conflict resolution, trade, and humanitarian relief. The goal will be to explore questions of diversity, equity and inclusion as classes introduce students to different international affairs arenas. Substantial evidence indicates that bringing diverse voices into deliberative and decision making processes in not just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do. Whether seeking to resolve wars, negotiate treaties, or manage organizations, individuals of different backgrounds–whether based on sex or gender, ethnicity, race, religion, socio-economic status, political perspective, ability status, sexual orientation, or gender identity, among others–add expertise and perspective with benefits for the effectiveness and richness of work.


Early Modern Women HIST 099

Professor: Amy E. Leonard

Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2-2:50; multiple discussion sections


Gender and Feminism PHIL 112

Professor: Madeline Marie Eller

Time: Mondays and Wednesdays 6:30-7:45pm


Feminist Thought WGST 201

Professor: April Sizemore-Barber

Time: Wednesdays 3:30-6pm


Black Feminism AFAM 215

Professor: Dayo Gore

Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 11-12:15pm


Gender and the Law WGST 251

Professor: Sara H. Collina

Time: Wednesdays 5-7:30pm


Feminist Disability StudiesWGST 234

Professor: Jaime Madden

Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 2-3:15pm


Medicine, Race and GenderWGST 239

Professor: Theodora Danylevich

Time: Mondays and Wednesdays 5-6:15pm


Women in American PoliticsWGST 266

Professor: Donna Brazile

Time: Wednesdays 2-4:30pm


Women and PoliticsGOVT 329

Professor: Michele L. Swers

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


Women in Leadership  – IPOL 330

Professor: Katie Gaetke

Time: Mondays 5-7:30pm


Gender and SustainabilityWGST 350

Professor: Patricia Biermayr-Jenzano

Time: Tuesdays 3:30-6pm


Gender, Environment and SustainabilitySTIA 350

Professor: Patricia Biermayr-Jenzano

Time: Tuesdays 6:30-9pm


Confucianism and Feminism KREN 381

Professor: Hwa Yeong Wang

Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:30-4:45pm


Happy registration from GIWPS!

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