Graduate Courses


Fall 2020

Gender and Terrorism GOVT 513-02

Time: Monday, 5:00 – 7:30 PM
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.


Gender and Security Toolbox GOVX 536-02

Time: Wednesday, 5:00 – 7:30 PM

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 and 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.


Spring 2020

Gender, International Security & Development – GOVT 570

Course: Jan 08, 2020 – May 09, 2020
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. 


Inclusive Negotiation & Meditation – MSFS 726

Module: Jan 08, 2020 – Feb 27, 2020
Professor: GIWPS Distinguished Fellow Carla Koppell

New research finds that inclusive negotiations that bring in a wider range of stakeholders, including women and civil society, can lead to enhanced outcomes–but how can this finding inform practice? This module will investigate how the diverse identities and interests of mediators, negotiators, and citizens affect the process and outcome of negotiations. It will discuss strategies and approaches to broadening participation in talks and also address difficulties broadening the range of stakeholders at the table. The module will particularly focus on exploring case studies of peace negotiations from around the world, but it will also touch on trade negotiations; labor negotiations; and negotiations within organizations. Students will develop skills including setting up and structuring talks, building diverse teams, engaging stakeholders, and negotiating across cultures.

Gender and Foreign Policy – MSFS 724

Module: Feb 28, 2020 – May 09, 2020
Professor: Susan Markham

Women are no longer “hidden figures” in foreign policy. New laws, including in the US, require that defense, diplomacy, and development efforts include a gender lens. We will begin this module by exploring the under-examined roles of women in the US, from World Wars to present day. We will also assess the development of feminist foreign policy by Sweden and Canada, as well as trends towards gender sensitive foreign policy around the world. Throughout the module, we will challenge conventional notions of women’s roles and explore how masculinity and femininity pervade foreign policy decision-making.


Spring 2019

Diversity and Inclusion in Conflict Resolution and Development  MSFS 708

Module: Jan 09, 2019 – Feb 28, 2019
Professor: GIWPS Distinguished Fellow Carla Koppell

This first-of-its-kind class explores how diversity and inclusionof minorities, women, youth, members of the LGBT community, people with disabilities, and socio-economically marginalized groupsare important to peace and prosperity. The highly interactive class will provide analytical and practical tools for advancing inclusion in the practice of diplomacy, conflict resolution and international development. It is part of a larger initiative to promote a focus on diversity and inclusion in graduate studies programs across the country.


Women, Peace and Security  MSFS 707

Module: Mar 07, 2019 – May 02, 2019
Professor: Jacqui O’Neill

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.