Academic Summer School & Centre for Human Rights Law

Gender and Conflict (Online)

Key information

2 weeks
Start of programme
27 June - 8 July 2022
Attendance mode

Course overview

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Gender and Conflict

The Gender and Conflict course at SOAS offers insight into key issues in the study of gender and conflict, interrogating Security Council resolutions on women, peace and security, including conflict-related sexual violence, while also analysing transnational feminist approaches beyond the resolutions. The course provides a focus for students interested in feminism and masculinity studies, sexuality and gender, alongside the tools to use gender analysis in the study of peacebuilding and peacekeeping, post-conflict initiatives, security and armed conflict.

The module uses interdisciplinary materials and research to examine the various dimensions of gender and conflict, in terms of the experiences of gendered subjects, as well as the legal and political frameworks that operate in conflict settings. Students will develop a nuanced understanding of various approaches to gender and sexuality and apply these to key issues across the spectrum of conflict.

For more information, please see the course handbook: Gender and Conflict online handbook (pdf; 85kb)

"The highest academic level, complexity and great convenor and supportive tutors" - Yuliia (Gender and Conflict 2020)

"Thanks a lot for the great Summer School! The two weeks were absolutely exciting and inspiring, definitely a highlight of my time at the university! Thanks to the enthusiastic lecturers and the SOAS team for organizing and hopefully see you soon!" - Vera (Gender and Conflict, 2020)

For further information on credits, entry requirements and fees, please visit Online Learning .

If you have any question, please complete our enquiries form .


A full programme schedule and updated handbook are being developed and will be available soon.

Sample reading list

You will find it useful to purchase at least one of the books prior to the module.

  • Carol Cohn (ed) Women and Wars, Polity Press, 2012
  • Ní Aoláin, Fionnuala, Haynes, Dina and Cahn, Naomi, On the Frontlines: Gender, War and the Post-Conflict Process, OUP, 2011
  • Gina Heathcote and Dianne Otto, Rethinking Peacekeeping, Gender Equality and Collective Security, Palgrave, 2014

*** also read Joshua Goldstein’s first chapter in War and Gender

General readings

  • Cockburn, Cynthia, From Where We Stand: War, Women's Activism and Feminist Analysis, 2007
  • Cockburn, C., and Zarkov, D, The Postwar Moment: Militaries, Masculinities and International Peacekeeping, Lawrence and Wishhart, 2002
  • Enloe, Cynthia, Globalization and Militarisation, 2007
  • Aoláin, FN, Cahn, N, Haynes, D, and Valji, N (eds), The Oxford Handbook on Gender and Conflict (Oxford, 2018)
  • O’Rourke, Catherine, Gender Politics in Transitional Justice, Routledge, 2013
  • Shepherd, Laura, Gender, Violence and Security: Discourse as Practice, Zed Books, 2008
  • True, Jacqui, The Political Economy of Violence Against Women, OUP, 2012
  • Woodward, R, and Duncanson, C (eds), The Palgrave Handbook of Gender and the Military (Palgrave 2018) 403
  • Davies, Sara, Stamnes, Eli and Teitt, Sarah, Responsibility to Protect and Women, Peace and Security, Brill, 2013

Important notice

The information on the programme page reflects the intended programme structure against the given academic session. If you are a current student you can find structure information on the previous year link at the top of the page or through your Department. Please read the important notice regarding changes to programmes and modules .

Teaching and learning

What you will learn

On successful completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Understand and explain the relevance theories on gender and sexuality to the study of conflict and security
  • 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

Fees and funding


Application fee

A one-off, non-refundable application fee of £40 will be charged to cover administration costs. Please visit the SOAS online store to make your application fee payment.


Save £200 when if apply by 30th April

10% discount if you apply for two courses over 4 weeks

20% discount for SOAS Alumni (including Academic Summer School alumni)

20% discount for our partner institutions

Other discounts are available for groups. Please contact us for more information.


Academic Summer School Ambassador Scholarship 2022

Applications for our 2022 Ambassador Scholarship are now open.

The Ambassador Scholarship programme 2022 offers 3 full tuition fee waiver scholarships for highly morivated and academically driven students. Take a look at our Ambassador Scholarship page for more information on how to apply.

Application Deadline: 2022-04-30 00:00