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Women, Citizenship & Conflict - WOM00010M

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  • Department: Centre for Women's Studies
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Francesca Lewis
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 2 2024-25

Module aims

The module will focus on the relation between gender, (political) cause and diverse forms of intervention in relation to conflict. It also considers definitions of citizenship and asks what role these definitions play in defining womens ability to participate in conflict and its resolution. Women have had and continue to have an attenuated link with citizenship, frequently acquiring the rights to it only through their dependence on a male. This raises important questions, for instance in the context of sexual citizenship. This module will therefore look at gender, political causes and interventions with a view of delineating paths towards change and towards the feminization of peace. An important part of the module will be students choice of one cause and the interventions that were made in relation to that cause which students will research for their presentations and subsequent
write-up in essay form.

Module learning outcomes

The module gives students practice in the exercise of the basic skills of interpreting and critically analysing theories of gender, citizenship, conflict and conflict resolution in the context of the lived realities of contemporary politics.


Task Length % of module mark
N/A 50
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
N/A 50

Special assessment rules



Task Length % of module mark
N/A 50
Oral presentation/seminar/exam
N/A 50

Module feedback

Students will normally receive provisional feedback (subject to confirmation by the external examiners) in week 4 of the summer term.

Indicative reading

  • Afshar, Haleh and Deborah Eade, eds. (2003) Development, Women, and War. London: Oxfam.
  • Al-Ali, Nadje Sadig (2007) Iraqi Women: Untold Stories from 1948 to the Present. London: Zed Books.
  • Cockburn, Cynthia (2004) The Line: Women, Partition and the Gender Order in Cyprus. London: Zed Books.
  • Cockburn, Cynthia (2007) From Where we Stand: War, Women's Activism and Feminist Analysis. London: Zed Books.
  • Jacobs, Susie, Jacobson, Ruth and Jennifer Marchbank, eds. (2000) States of Conflict: Gender, Violence and Resistance. London: Zed Books.
  • Jospeh, Ammu and Kalpana Sharma, eds. (2003) Terror and Counter Terror: Women Speak Out. London: Zed Books.
  • Khoo, Agnes (2007) Life as the River Flows: Women and the Malayan Anti-colonial Struggle. Monmouth, Wales: Merlin Press.
  • Moser, C. and F. Clark (2001) Gender, Armed Conflict and Political Violence. London: Zed Books.
  • Yarwood, Lisa (2013) Women and Transitional Justice: The Experience of Women as Participants. Abingdon: Routledge.
  • Yuval-Davis, Nira and Pnina Werbner, eds. (1999) Women, Citizenship and Difference. London: Zed Books.

The information on this page is indicative of the module that is currently on offer. The University is constantly exploring ways to enhance and improve its degree programmes and therefore reserves the right to make variations to the content and method of delivery of modules, and to discontinue modules, if such action is reasonably considered to be necessary by the University. Where appropriate, the University will notify and consult with affected students in advance about any changes that are required in line with the University's policy on the Approval of Modifications to Existing Taught Programmes of Study.