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Fall 2022
Aug 07, 2022
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MSFS 571 - Gender, Int'l Sec. & Devel.
The ability to understand, analyze and address gender issues is now recognized as a critical skill for policy-makers and international peace, security and development practitioners. A substantial body of research and a series of United Nations Security Council Resolutions underlines the importance of women’s empowerment to peace and prosperity. Over seventy (70) national governments have developed national action plans for implementing and mainstreaming a gender perspective into training for military personnel and development assistance in post-conflict countries. In 2017, the United States passed its own law requiring governmental agencies -- Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of State, and the US Agency for International Development-- to address women, peace and security issues. Many development and peace organizations are now required to demonstrate proficiency in addressing gender issues to receive funding from member state aid agencies. This gateway course aims to prepare students to work as diplomats, experts in peacebuilding, development, humanitarian relief, displacement, and post-conflict reconstruction, among other fields, with a knowledge of gender issues and the ability to apply a gender lens. The class contextualizes gender issues and asks the question: how would we think about international peace, security and development approaches and design intervention strategies if gender was treated a central consideration in international affairs and peacebuilding programming? To answer this question, the class will explore both conceptual considerations related to gender and its practical application. Focusing on practical skills such as conflict sensitive gender analysis, it will examine how to most effectively mainstream gender into policy making and programming related to international peace, security, and development.
3.000 Credit hours
3.000 Lecture hours
0.000 Lab hours

Levels: MN or MC Graduate, Juris Doctor, Undergraduate
Schedule Types: Lecture

MS in Foreign Service Department

Must be enrolled in one of the following Levels:     
      MN or MC Graduate
Must be enrolled in one of the following Majors:     
      Foreign Service

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