Are you interested in learning more about Women, Peace, and Security as a Georgetown University student? There are three GIWPS-affiliated graduate classes offered during the Spring 2019 semester that might pique your interest—along with numerous other undergraduate and graduate courses related to gender and conflict. You can use this blog as a resource for making your course selections for the upcoming semester! Click through the course numbers to access the course descriptions on MyAccess.
Diversity and Inclusion in Conflict Resolution and Development – MSFS 708
Module: January 9 – February 28
Carla Koppell, GIWPS’ distinguished fellow, is teaching this course on how diversity and inclusion–of ethnic and religious minorities, women, youth, members of the LGBT community, people with disabilities, as well as socio-economically marginalized groups–are important to peace and prosperity. The class will provide analytical and practical tools for advancing diversity and inclusion in the practice of diplomacy, conflict resolution and international development.
Women, Peace and Security – MSFS 707
Module: March 7 – May 2
Taught by Jacqui O’Neill, a good friend of GIWPS, this course will address women’s experiences in conflict-affected and post-conflict settings and the impact of women’s participation in conflict prevention, peacemaking, peacekeeping, mitigating humanitarian emergencies, political transitions, governance, and economic recovery. It will equip students with a strong academic foundation and policy/practice-oriented toolkit for their future professional endeavors–including an understanding of how to mainstream gender across sectors.
Gender Inequality and Development – GHDP 661
Taught by GIWPS Managing Director Dr. Jeni Klugman, this class will go over the broad patterns and constraints of gender inequality around the world from past to present as well as debate what policies can do to close gender gaps, especially in developing countries. The course will go beyond gender inequality in the labour market to explore patterns of violence, constraints to political participation, among others. Students will be asked to work on a specific policy challenge in a developing country context.
OTHER GENDER & CONFLICT COURSES
Gender & War – SEST 698
Professor Kyleanne Hunter
This course will introduce students of the Master’s in Security Studies Program (SSP) to the gendered dimensions of armed conflict and its aftermath, with a focus on thematic issues such as militarism and combatancy, gender-based violence related to conflict, humanitarian response, transitional justice measures, and peacekeeping operations. Bonus: GIWPS research by Rebecca Turkington is on the syllabus!
Peacekeeping & Peace Enforcement – GOVT 572
Professor Lise Howard
This course will consider the history of UN peacekeeping as well as contemporary debates over protection of civilians and gender mainstreaming in peacekeeping operations.
Professor Patricia Biermayr-Jenzano
These two courses on environmental policy and gender will introduce Environmental Studies and STIA students to gender and development policies worldwide, with an emphasis on learning about gender analysis applied to conservation, land use, and agricultural production. It will also equip students with qualitative research skills.
America’s National Security Toolbox – INAF 453
Secretary Madeleine Albright
The primary objective of this seminar is to investigate the tools available to today’s foreign-policy practitioner in the areas of traditional diplomacy, economic measures, military force, and public diplomacy by looking at them in the context of recent cases. Role-playing scenarios will challenge students to design U.S. policy responses to foreign affairs crises. This class is taught by Madeleine Albright, America’s first female secretary of state.
Gender Politics in African Culture – INAF 356
Professor Rogaia Abusharaf
This class will analyze the ways in which women’s representation and gender norms embedded in African cultures influence struggles for equity and impact policymaking. This is a global classroom course which will be livestreamed from the SFS campus in Qatar, allowing students at main campus in DC the unique opportunity to learn alongside students in Qatar.
For students based in Qatar, Professor Abusharaf’s course with Amira Sonbol on Theorizing Gender Violence (CULP 357) also sounds interesting.
Refugees & Migrant Children – INAF 455
Professors Elizabeth Ferris and Katharine Donato
This unique course will allow students to travel to Sweden over spring break 2019 to analyze the ways in which refugee and migrant children’s needs are addressed in Sweden—a country which is known for its “feminist foreign policy.” This is an SFS Centennial Lab course, requiring special application to participate.
Institute for the Study of Diplomacy Capstone: Rebuilding Yemen – INAF 635
Ambassador Barbara Bodine
This course—one of three that fulfills the capstone requirement for the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy’s Certificate in Diplomatic Studies (CDS)—will examine why Yemen’s success story failed in the end, and how this country can rebuild. It is taught by the Director of the SFS Institute for the Study of Diplomacy, Ambassador Bodine, who previously served as U.S. Ambassador to Yemen—one of the first female U.S. ambassadors to a Middle Eastern country.
Institute for the Study of Diplomacy Capstone: South Sudan Conflict – INAF 638
Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield
This course—another CDS capstone course—will give students the historical and political context leading to the fragile peace and the return to conflict in South Sudan. By the end of the course, the students will develop a set of joint policy recommendations to provide to U.S. policy makers for finding a peaceful solution to the conflict moving forward. The course will be led by Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, former Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs (2013-17) and the first female U.S. ambassador to Liberia.
Women and Leadership – GOVT 633
Professor Anne Cammisa
This course explores the unique challenges and opportunities faced by women policymakers in government, non-profit organizations, business, and militaries. While the class will primarily focus on the United States, women’s leadership roles in other countries will be discussed as well.
Gender/Race/Nationalism – ANTH 219
Professor Nell Hayes
This anthropology course will allow SFS students in the International Law concentration to fulfill major credit while exploring the articulations of gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, and nationalism in different world contexts.
Gender & Sexuality in the Middle East – WGST 231
Professor Safoura Nourbakhsh
For SFS students interested in the MENA region, this course will explore intersections of religion and sexuality, women’s movements, gender-based violence, queerness and gay/straight identities in the Arab World.
Women and Nazi Culture – GERM 042
Professor Doria Beth Killian
This course—offered in the German department but taught in English—will introduce students to the diverse roles and relationship women had with Nazi culture in Germany.
COURSES OF INTEREST
These courses are not focused on women, peace and security, but might be of interest to our readers.
Department Seminar: Women & Politics – GOVT 329
Professor Michele Swers
Gender and the Law – WGST 251
Professor Sara Collina
Gender, Race and Feminism – WGST 238
Professor Jovonne Bickerstaff
Gender & Postcolonial Perspective – GERM 540
Professor Andrea Geier
Media, Arts & CULP in War & Peace – CULP 222
Professor Honey Al Sayed
Indigenous Peoples, Conflict & Resilience – CULP 375
Professors Marjorie Balzer, Bette Jacobs
Genocide, Justice & Reconciliation – GOVT 502
Professor Brian Alan Kritz
Development & Conflict Resolution – GOVT 592
Professor Seniha Ayse Orellana
Sex & Power in the Islamic Tradition – INAF 403
Professor Jonathan Andrew Cleveland
Identity & Conflict – MSFS 582
Professor William Habeeb
Management & Leadership: Developing Countries – PPOL 545
Zones Conflict/Zones Peace – INAF 299 (SFS-Qatar Campus)
Professor Sonia Alonso Saenz de Oger