GPS Certificate: FLEX Courses


This page contains information on Georgetown University graduate courses that have been either pre-approved or successfully adapted to meet the FLEX course requirements for the GIWPS Graduate Certificate in Gender, Peace and Security.


Pre-Approved Flex Courses

The following pre-approved courses can count toward FLEX credits for the GPS Certificate. Note: this is a working list of pre-approved courses and more will be added in the future.


Gender and Terrorism – SEST 544 (Fall 2021)

Time: Tuesday, 6:30 – 9:00 PM ET

Professor: 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 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.

*This course also counts toward the Terrorism and Substate Violence concentration for SSP students


Gender and Migration in Europe – INAF 502 (Fall 2021)

Time: 12:30-3pm on Tuesdays

Professor: Joyce Marie Mushaben

The “feminization” of migration is not a new phenomenon, but existing EU policies have exacerbated the problems of physical insecurity, economic disadvantage and social exclusion confronting female migrants over the last decade. This course analyzes a complicated web of labor migration patterns, refugee flows, family unification trends, asylum policies and human-trafficking challenges intricately connected to globalized production and consumption chains. It addresses the “securitization” of border controls introduced in the wake of the 2015 refugee crisis, relegating women’s rights as human rights to the back burner.


Gender & Environment: Latin America – LASP 427 (Fall 2021)

Time: 6:30-9pm on Tuesdays

Professor: Joyce Marie Mushaben

This course is designed to enhance students’ understanding of the interrelation of gender and the environment/agriculture in one of the most urbanized world regions, namely Latin America. The course will review current trends of sustainable development, population growth and its implications for environmental, agricultural and social wellbeing that characterizes and shapes the region today. Additionally, the impact of farming and natural resource management (NRM) in selected sub-regions, and landscapes along with patterns of land use, the role of ecosystem services and sustainable management of resources in Latin America will be explored.


(En)gendered Security SEST- 639 (Fall 2021)

Professor: Mariya Omelicheva

This course is designed to illuminate the multiple and complex intersections of gender with security. It advances and assesses three arguments. First, gender is conceptually and theoretically necessary to thinking about security itself and central questions of security, to include war, conflict, and peace. Second, gender is indispensable to explaining the complex cause and effect relationships over a range of security issues. And, third, gender is important from the policy standpoint for devising sustainable and effective approaches for making the world a more secure place for everyone, regardless their social identity. By engaging the UN Women Gender and Security Toolkit as an organizing concept, the course proceeds through a series of topics dedicated to security sector governance, military, defense and gender, security sector reforms and gender, justice and gender, law enforcement and gender, border management and gender, and intersectionality of gender with other social markers, such as race and social class. By highlighting the complexities of integrating the findings of gender studies into policy, the course will be of interest to both practitioners and students of security studies, gender studies, and IR in general.

*This course also counts toward the International Security concentration for SSP students


Gender & War – SEST 698 (Spring 2021)

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 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.

*This course also counts toward the International Security concentration for SSP students


Previously Adapted FLEX Courses

The following list includes examples of courses that have been previously adapted to meet the FLEX credit requirements for the GPS Certificate. The student must be able to tailor course assignments to the Certificate by applying a gender lens to security, diplomacy, development, or International Affairs more broadly.

Once students enroll in a proposed FLEX course, they should reach out to the Certificate Director, Dr. Smith. Students are required to detail how they will adapt course assignments in advance. All completed FLEX coursework must be submitted for review and approval.

GOVT 581: Intro to CR Skills- Systems Thinking, Complexity, and Evidence-based Adaptive Mgmt

GOVT: 573: Human Rights and Conflict Resolution

GOVT 573: Human Rights and Conflict Resolution

GOVX 598: Practicum I & II

GOVX 510: Intersections

GOVT 594: Growth & Extremism in Africa

GOVT 580: Conflict Resolution Theory

PPOL 625: Urban Inequality

INAF 698: Intro to Humanitarian Crises

SEST 637: National Security and Human Rights

LAW 2065: Gender and US Foreign Policy