Take a Class on Gender & International Relations at Georgetown

Dear undergraduate and graduate students! Have you been following the protests in Iran and Russia’s war in Ukraine? Are you interested in learning more about inclusive conflict resolution, conflict-related sexual violence, or how to do a gender analysis? Georgetown University is offering a host of Spring 2023 courses that incorporate a gender lens across a wide range of sectors, regions, and themes. You can use this blog post as a resource for making your course selections for the upcoming semester.


Graduate Courses


Georgetown graduate students: these classes count towards the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security (GIWPS) Graduate Certificate in Gender, Peace and Security. The first five courses are organized by GIWPS.


Gender, International Security and Development – GOVT 5669-01 (CRN 38311)/ MSFS 571-01 (CRN 39105)

Professor: S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana

Time: Monday, 2:00-4:30 pm

This gateway 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 required course for the certificate. 

Gender and Security Toolbox – MSFS 736 (CRN 41986)/GOVT 5636 (CRN 42978)

Professor: Karine Lepillez

Time: Monday, 5:00-7:30 pm 

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, and advocacy. 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. This is a required course for the certificate.

Diversity and Inclusion in Conflict Resolution and Development – MSFS 708 (CRN 40737)

Professor: Carla Koppell and Claudia Youakim

Time: Thursday, 5:00-7:30 pm 

This seminar will review how diversity and inclusion are important to peace and prosperity, and discuss progress advancing the agenda and barriers to advancement. The class will also provide analytical and practical tools for advancing diversity and inclusion in the practice of diplomacy, conflict resolution and international development.

Conflict-Related Sexual Violence – SEST 697 (CRN 44327)

Professor: Robert U. Nagel

Time: Monday, 6:30-9:00 pm 

This course examines the different dimensions of conflict-related sexual violence. Students will explore the narratives surrounding wartime rape, cross-national and case study evidence, and legal frameworks and policies that governments and international organizations pursue to prevent, mitigate, and respond to conflict-related sexual violence. This is an elective course that counts towards the certificate. 

Gender and Terrorism – SEST 544 (CRN 43616)

Professor: Devorah Margolin

Time: Thursday: 5:00 pm-7:30pm

This course will explore gender dynamics in radicalization, conflict (as victims and perpetrators), and disengagement. Gender is a social construct that defines relationships between and among the sexes, and gendered beliefs (overt and implicit) lay at the heart of many terrorist groups that seek to determine appropriate behavior for both men and women. This course will explore how groups use gender dynamics to recruit, mobilize, and utilize men and women for their own strategic advantages.


Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, Sex Characteristics and International Human Rights Law (Project-Based Practicum) – JD 1353-05 (CRN 39850)

Professor: Fanny Gomez-Lugo

Time: Mondays, 1:20 pm-3:20 pm


Gender and U.S. Foreign Policy – LAWJ 2065-09 (CRN 25874)

Professor: Megan Ai Wong

Time: Thursdays, 5:45 pm-7:45pm


Women and Leadership – GOVT 6233 (CRN 32454)

Professor: Anne M. Cammisa

Time: Thursdays, 9:30am-12:00pm


Gender and Immigration – LAWJ 1075-05 (CRN 23873)

Professor: Anam Rahman, Alexandra Ribe

Time: Tuesday and Wednesday, 3:30 pm-5:30 pm

Undergraduate Courses


Race, Gender, and American Politics – GOVT 4231 (CRN 42885)

Professor: Nadia Brown

Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30-1:45pm


US Women’s History – HIST 292 (CRN 43882)

Professor: Katherine Benton-Cohen

Time: Monday & Wednesday, 2:00 pm-3:15 pm


US Women’s & Gender History – HIST 682 (CRN 43886)

Professor: Katherine Benton-Cohen

Time: Monday, 9:30 am-12:00 pm


Holocaust: Examination of Gender and Nazi Racial Ideology – INAF 175/JCIV 175 (CRN 40858)

Professor: Anna Sommer

Time: Wednesday, 2:00 pm-4:30pm


Gender and the Law – WGST 251 (CRN 23221)

Professor: Sara Collina

Time: Wednesday, 5:00 pm-7:30 pm


Gender and Sustainability – WGST 350 (CRN 40901)

Professor: Patricia Biermayr Jenzano

Time: Tuesday, 6:30 pm-9:00pm


Race and Radical Feminisms – AFAM 214 (CRN 42232)

Professor: Rosemary N. Ndubuizu

Time: Tuesday and Thursday, 2:00 pm-3:15 pm


Islamic Law Women and Gender – ARAB-769 (CRN 44369)

Professor: Sara Omar

Time: Tuesday, 12:30 pm-3:00 pm


Ecofeminism: Philosophy & Practice – PHIL 272 (CRN 43133)

Time: Sunday, Tuesday 11:30 am-12:45 pm

Professor: Damien Tissot


Women in Europe’s Early Modern History – HIST 099 (CRN 25893)

Professor: Jakob Burnham

Time: Tuesday & Thursday 9:00 am-9:50 am


Happy registering from GIWPS!

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