KFL4065 – Gender, Peace and Conflict

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Course content

What are gendered dimensions of peace and conflict? Further, how does gender shape armed conflict, political violence and peacebuilding, and, conversely, how are notions of gender shaped by the same? In this course, the students will learn how research in different scholarly fields analyze and explain peace and conflict from the optics of gender. Central topics include; gender norms, security, peacebuilding, conflict related sexual violence, children born of war, transitional justice and violent extremism. The course also examines how gender dimensions can be integrated and translated into actual policy, as well as how gender mainstreaming can be implemented in policy and practice communities. As part of the course activities, we will have one visit to the Center for Gender, Peace and Security at the Peace Research Institute (PRIO). The students will meet people who work in different policy and practice capacities with gender, peace and conflict issues. These resource people will discuss how they use, and translate, research into policy and practice, which the students, in turn, will be asked to focus on in a mid-term paper based on a thematic topic of choice.

Learning outcome

Knowledge: Having completed the course, the students will have a comprehensive thematic overview of central themes linked to gender, peace and conflict; they will have knowledge of central concepts used in analyzing gender, peace and conflict, as well as of challenges and outcomes linked to different methodological approaches within relevant fields of scholarship. Through these efforts, the students will learn what interdisciplinary scholarship entails; i.e. how gender is conceptualized as a social and political construction within different disciplines, with an emphasis on the social sciences.

Skills: The students will also be able to analyze and identify the relevance of gender in relation to peace and conflict matters; they will be able to discuss the implication of gender analyses to the understandings of peace and conflict; they will be able to work independently and critically with central issues in the research literature; and, finally, they will be able to translate theoretical knowledge into policy and practice.


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Recommended previous knowledge: Previous knowledge in international relations, human rights, political psychology, peace and conflict and/or gender studies will be helpful for MA students interested in taking this course.


The course leader, and some visiting lecturers, who are leading specialists on their respective topic, will teach the classes. The students themselves will play an important role in integrating the components of the course through class discussions preceding each lecture, which will be organized and led by student groups which will be put together by the course leader. Students are expected to have read the relevant literature prior to each seminar, and to have prepared notes for class discussion on the readings and the day’s topic. For the student discussions, students will take turns in preparing topics for debate and discussion based on the day’s readings. These discussions, and the combination of assignments, will encourage active learning and critical analyses.


Compulsory activity

Writing and passing mid-term paper

Active participation in the assigned student activities


The final exam is a three day take-home exam on a given topic. The assignment must by a total of 4500 words +/- 10% (not counting spaces), references and front page not included. These are in addition to the word requirement.

In order for students to qualify for the final examination, all compulsory activities must be approved.

Use of sources and citation

You should familiarize yourself with the rules that apply to the use of sources and citations. If you violate the rules, you may be suspected of cheating/attempted cheating.

Language of examination

You may write your examination paper in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish or English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

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Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take the exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

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