• Offered by Department of International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Classification Advanced
  • Course subject International Relations
  • Areas of interest International Relations
  • Academic career Postgraduate
  • Course convener
    • AsPr Dorothy D'Costa
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2016
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This course will consider how gender affects experiences of war and the subsequent mechanisms of redress and reparation which follow it. The course begins with an examination of gendered forms of violence, and the particular kinds of violence, including rape and sexual slavery, experienced by women during war. Through close readings about nation, gender, and the regions of South and Southeast Asia, the course will also question the units of analysis which inform our understanding of gender and war. The remainder of the course will focus on in-depth case studies, including Partition in India and Pakistan, women and counterinsurgency in Southeast Asia, women and girls living under the Khmer Rouge, women surviving war and building peace in Sri Lanka, and the roles of ethnic women's groups in building peace in Burma.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will have a strong understanding of what constitutes a gendered analysis of war and peace and a detailed knowledge of the political, historical and cultural aspects of the cases studied. Students’ analytical skills will be strengthened as they learn how to both identify gaps in existing research and how they would design research and other projects with attention to how gender affects experiences of conflict and justice.

Other Information

Delivery  Mode:

The course is conducted through seminars with an emphasis on interactive teaching aimed at engaging all students in active participation.

Indicative Assessment

This course will be assessed through seminar participation (10%), four short reading responses (25%), one 1,000 word essay (25%), and one 3,000 word essay (40%).

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Ten hours per week: two for seminar attendance, and eight for reading and writing. Please note this is a general guide, averaged over the semester and the final hours ultimately depend on individual abilities in reading and writing.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Band 1
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $3252
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4638
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings and Dates

The list of offerings for future years is indicative only

First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery
3562 15 Feb 2016 26 Feb 2016 31 Mar 2016 27 May 2016 In Person

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