Gender, Security and Development
Credits: 4 ECTS
Pathway core courses
Mainstream debates about the relationship between gender, security and development have generally focused on how disproportionally both insecurity and poverty affect women. From this, a wealth of research has also been undertaken addressing how women can play a very positive role in development, security and peace-making, even if they are not always included in the political and decision-making processes that concern such issues. However, consistently portraying women in these roles has in itself reproduced an image of women as victims and passive rather than as actors. This links with how little is known about the role women play as war-makers and drivers of insecurities. The course addresses these issues from a critical reading of mainstream, critical and feminist approaches. It studies the gendered nature of security and development not only from the view of their causes and consequences but also from the view of how the representations and assumptions about women, men, masculinity and femininity interplay in the unequal distribution of insecurity and poverty between men and women. For that purpose the course will focus on a series of issues and case studies relating to development, security and their intersection, including conflicts and military intervention in Bosnia, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), everyday economies and development policies in the DRC and Senegal, and trafficking and migration.