PSY9602 – Gender, Peace and Security

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The starting point of this course is the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security (2000). ​This resolution represents a major breakthrough for women’s rights in the peace and security arena. The ground-breaking aspect of the resolution is its systematic insistence on the interconnect­edness between gender and peace and security concerns. The resolution asks for changes in three distinctly different ways. First, it asks member states to increase the representation and active participation of women at all decision-making levels in national, regional and international institutions and mechanisms for conflict prevention, conflict management, conflict resolution and peacebuilding. Second, it emphasizes that a gender perspective should be adopted in the planning and implementation of peace operations and peace negotiations. These should include gender-sensitive training of personnel to enable them to better understand and appreciate local women’s peace initiatives, needs and interests in mission areas. This could also mean that the roles for women as peacekeepers would/will need to be expanded. Third, it calls for increased atten­tion being given to the protection of women from gender-based violence in situations of armed conflict, and initiatives to put an end to impunity for such crimes.

Learning outcome

This research course will focus on research linked to the agenda of UN Security Council Resolution 1325, including the following themes:

  • Theories of peace and conflict; what changes with a gendered perspective?
  • Normative changes; what is the normative impact of the efforts in the United Nations linked to the 1325 agenda?
  • Security analysis; what are the core elements of security sector reform for men and women?
  • Political violence; what is the status of knowledge about sexual violence in war?
  • Post conflict; what does conflict mean for maternal health issues? 

Our overall aim is to show how, as well as critically assess the way in which gender, peace and security is interconnected in normative and empirical ways. The research presented and discussed will be cross-disciplinary and based on different methodological approaches. 


The deadline for applications is 21 September 2016. Please fill in the electronic application form. PhD candidates should specify the topic of their project under 'Research interests'. PhD candidates get priority, but others with graduate studies from a relevant discipline may also apply. Please note that given the popularity of this course there are only few places left.

There is no participation fee, but the cost of transportation and accommodation must be covered by the participants. A limited number of stipends to cover basic accommodation at neighbouring Anker Hotel are available for PhD students who​​ do not have funding for such course participation through their universities or otherwise. If relevant, check the 'stipend' box in the application scheme.

If needed in order to make the necessary travel arrangements, PhD candidates who apply long before the deadline may request an early evaluation of their application in an e-mail to Kristoffer Lidén (, with a cc. to Covadonga M. Bertrand ( Please mark the e-mail [Gender, Peace and Security - early evaluation].


21 - 23 Nov 2016


PRIO, Hausmanns gate 3, Oslo

Full program will be announced by August 2016. For an indicative example, see the course schedule of the 2014 version of this course.  



​​​In order to obtain 5 ECTS for the course, participants must get an overview of the readings, participate actively in the lectures and submit a paper of 5000 words ('Pass'/'Fail'). An essay proposal should be submitted to the course leaders for approval. The proposal should consist of a research question, an abstract/outline of about 200 words, and a paragraph on how the question relates to the course literature. 

​​For an indication of the reading list, see the course literature of the 2014 version of this course.  


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Autumn 2016


Autumn 2016

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