Georgetown Students: Study Women, Peace and Security this Spring

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 inclusionof ethnic and religious minorities, women, youth, members of the LGBT community, people with disabilities, as well as socio-economically marginalized groupsare 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.




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.


Gender & Sustainability ENST 350 & Gender, Environment & Sustainability – STIA 350

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 courseanother CDS capstone coursewill 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.




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

Professor TBA


Zones Conflict/Zones Peace – INAF 299 (SFS-Qatar Campus)

Professor Sonia Alonso Saenz de Oger


Happy registering!

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