• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest Political Sciences
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Co-taught Course

This course explores the experiences of men and women in regards to the political violence associated with contemporary conflict.  It also critically engages questions of why it is that men and women might experience conflict differently, are expected to behave in different ways, and have different opportunities for protection, recovery, justice, and sustainable peace.  It focuses on issues associated with contemporary conflict such as ‘new wars’, terrorism, peacekeeping operations, transitional justice, and complex emergencies.  It explores theories of peace and conflict, international relations, security, gender relations, and research ethics.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

After the successful completion of this course, students should: 

  1. Demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the gendered politics of war.
  2. Have an appreciation and understanding of the relevant international relations theories that contribute to different understanding of the politics of war.
  3. Have a demonstrated ability to offer gender-based insights into the politics of war.
  4. Be able to critically reflect upon the literature and materials presented in this course.
  5. Demonstrate an ability to understand and apply relevant research methodologies to this subject area.

Indicative Assessment

Essay (2,000 words) 50%, Essay (500 words) 15%, Exam 25% and Tutorial Work 10%.

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22 hours of lectures and 10 hours of tutorial.

5 hours in class and assessment preparation per week.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed 12 units of 1000 level POLS or GEND courses; or permission of the convenor. Incompatibility with POLS2068/GEND2085.

Preliminary Reading

Enloe, C. Does Khaki Become You? The Militarization of Women's Lives, 2nd edition, Pandora, 1998.

Pettman, J.J. Worlding Women: A Feminist International Politics, Allen & Unwin, 1996.



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

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Student Contribution Band:
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 $3054
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2016 $4368
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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