Fall 2020 – Spring 2021 Courses


Gender & Terrorism (Fall 2020)

M 5-7:30PM

GOVT 513-02

Mehreen Farooq

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 is less understood. From theoretical foundations to policy implications, this course will address pressing threats to national and international security with an often-overlooked gender lens. 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 roles 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.


Gender & Security Toolbox (Fall 2020)

W 5-7:30PM

GOVX 536-02

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 & 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, International Security & Development (Spring 2021)

GOVT 570 – Time TBD

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

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 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.


Diversity & Inclusion in Conflict Resolution and Development (Spring 2021)

Course number and time TBD

Professor: Carla Koppell 

A growing body of data and evidence indicate that successfully fostering international development, advancing diplomacy, and maintaining security depend upon effectively managing diversity. Key is the ability to leverage the experiences and perspectives offered by women and men; youth and elders; wealthier and poorer people; as well as those marginalized by their race, ethnicity or religion, their disabilities, sexual orientation or their gender identity. The growing research is bolstered by myriad international laws and agreements mandating more broadly inclusive foreign aid, peacebuilding, conflict resolution, and diplomatic engagement.

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.