Mode of Attendance: Full-time
Session 2: 4 July - 22 July 2016
This course provides students with an introduction to the gendered contours of armed conflict, looking at the different understandings of conflict (from local to the international) to understand how women are often rendered invisible as actors. Through looking at specific approaches to making women visible as actors in a range of conflicts in Asia, Africa and the Middle East students are encouraged to question assumptions about how gender operates in periods of armed conflict, to see the gendered structures of militaries and military behaviour, and of peace making endeavours, to be consistently gendered and yet experienced differently across global settings. Students will learn to use gender as a tool for analysis and to critically engage within institutional initiatives on women, peace and security.
As part of the course, students will watch a film screening of 'The Whistleblower' after which students will develop a broader discussion around the risks of international feminist organisations and UN initiatives on gender and women’s issues.
This course is co-taught by Sheri Labenski and Dr Gina Heathcote.
A tuition fee of £1450 will be charged per 3-week programme. This figure does not include accommodation fees.
A one-off, non-refundable application fee of £60 will be charged to cover administration costs. Please visit the SOAS online store to make your application fee payment.
An early bird discount of 10% is available if fees are paid by 31 March 2016.
15% discount for SOAS Alumni or if you take a combination of sessions 2 and 3.
20% discount for current SOAS students and our partner institutions.
Other discounts are available for groups, please contact us for further information.
Accommodation is available at an extra fee of £700 for 20 nights. For more details of how to reserve a room please visit our accommodation page.
Students are usually able to obtain credits from their home institution and typically our courses receive 3 credits in the US system and 7.5 ECTS in the European system. If you intend to claim credits from your home institution, please check the requirements with them before you enrol. We will be happy to assist you in any way we can, however please be aware that the decision to award credits rests with your home institution.
Assessment will be optional and will vary for each course. Participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance and transcripts will be available on request.
You will also be able to enjoy our social programme, starting with a welcome party and an optional river cruise on the Thames for a small additional charge. Details about how to book will be communicated to you once you are registered. You will also receive discount codes for day trips and overnight tours with our partner International Friends.
For more information, please fill out our enquiry form
Contact hours: 46 hours (lectures, tutorials, activities). The course will be delivered Monday - Friday over the 3 weeks.
Core hours: Monday - Thursday 10am-3pm, and 2 hours on one specified Friday over the 3 weeks.
Optional hours: In addition to regular lectures and tutorials, each course is composed of a range of 'activities' relating to their academic content (e.g. museum visit, company visit etc). On Fridays, all courses open up one of their activities to all summer school students and these are optional. For example, if you have been studying a Development course, you may choose to join an activity belonging to a Politics, Economics and Environment course. All activities will be staggered throughout the day so that you have a chance to take as many as possible. Please note however that the Friday activity relating to the course you are registered on is compulsory.
Week 1: Gender as a tool, conflict as subject
- Introduction to gender as a field of study
- Mapping gender in conflict
- Women, peace and security initiatives
Week 2: Women as actors
- Women as survivors
- Women as perpetrators
- Women as peacemakers
Week 3: Contemporary issues
- Women as soldiers
- Beyond gender
- Case study: women in peace processes
- Case study: male victims of sexual violence in armed conflict
Assessment: is optional and will be in the form of a 2000-2500 word essay to be handed in 2 weeks after the end of the course.
Teaching & Learning
On successful completion of the course, a student should be able to demonstrate the ability to:
- Understand the relationship between gender and armed conflict
- Be able to discuss and analyse the different roles women take up during armed conflicts and how these have different meanings within different cultural contexts
- Be aware of the international legal framework on women, peace and security
- To develop an understanding of feminist theories on peace and war, including contemporary understanding of gender diversity and transgendered subjects, male victims and the need for intersectional approaches to a feminist peace project
How to Apply
In order to join our Summer School, you will need to meet the following entry requirements:
- Participants have to be 18 or over at the time of attendance.
- A minimum English language requirement if English is not your first language:
- IELTS, 6.5 overall or higher, with at least 6 in all sub scores.
- TOEFL Paper based test we require a minimum of 583 with minimum 53 in all skills and for TOEFL Internet Based Test we require a minimum of 93 with minimum 20 in all skills.
- Pearson Test of English a score of 59-64
- Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) Grade B
- If you have studied in an English speaking institution, or have courses taught at your university in English (excluding English language courses) you may meet our requirements without having to supply a certificate. Evidence of this will either need to be included on a transcript or letter from your university.
- Applicants with an alternative qualification should contact us for advice.
- Applicants whose English language level do not meet out requirements may be interested in our subject based courses with English language support.
Once you have paid the £60 application fee and submitted the online application form, you will be informed as to whether you have a place on the summer school within 5 working days. Please do not pay your tuition fee prior to having received your offer letter.
Session 2 is 15 June
Session 3 is 4 July