Undergraduate Courses


Fall 2020

Women, Peace & Security IPOL 319

Professors: S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana and Robert Nagel

This course will introduce students to the Women, Peace and Security (WPS) agenda. Students will examine the gendered aspects of conflict and peace including the role women play in national and international security, conflict resolution, peacebuilding, and post-conflict recovery. Drawing on original research from the Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security, the course will explore the impact of women’s participation in armed conflict, conflict prevention, peacekeeping, mitigating humanitarian emergencies, post-conflict transitions, and economic recovery. Using UN Security Council resolutions and other international mechanisms, we will introduce students to the international normative framework underpinning the WPS agenda. The course will also take a critical look at the implementation of the WPS Agenda to identify gaps and challenges and to develop comprehensive, realistic, and effective responses to overcome these challenges. 


Summer 2020

Gender, International Peace & Security GOVT 490

Professors: S. Ayse Kadayifci-Orellana

What does gender have to do with international peace, security, and development? Research in peace and security fields over the last two decades have demonstrated the multiple ways gendered identities and power structures are central to the processes of war, peace and security. Importance of women’s empowerment to peace and prosperity has also been underlined by various international organizations such as the United Nations, and series of landmark UN Security Resolutions. This course will examine theoretical and practical aspects of gender- sensitive approaches to international security, peacebuilding and development through synchronous online teaching, videos and films, and guest speakers, among others. Students will explore contemporary debates in the field and critically engage concepts like masculinity, femininity, human security, and militarization and apply them to frameworks pertaining to peace, security and development. Through a number of different case-studies, students will develop a deeper understanding of how gender norms, roles, identities and assumptions shape peace and security dynamics. The course will also cover pioneering international legal tools – such as Responsibility to Protect and UN Resolution 1325—in order to examine their impacts on gendered power dynamics during conflicts as well as post-conflict.


Spring 2020

Diverse Voices in Foreign Affairs – INAF 210

Professor: Carla Koppell

This class will feature guest speakers of different backgrounds who have influenced foreign affairs policy and practice in different sub-fields of international affairs, including defense, diplomacy, development, conflict resolution, trade, and humanitarian relief. The goal will be to explore questions of diversity, equity and inclusion as classes introduce students to different international affairs arenas. Substantial evidence indicates that bringing diverse voices into deliberative and decision making processes in not just the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do. Whether seeking to resolve wars, negotiate treaties, or manage organizations, individuals of different backgrounds–whether based on sex or gender, ethnicity, race, religion, socio-economic status, political perspecitve, ability status, sexual orientation, or gender identity, among others–add expertise and perspective with benefits for the effectiveness and richness of work.