Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL3246: Gender and Militarism in West Africa

This module descriptor refers to the 2019/0 academic year.

Module Aims

The module aims to introduce you to the dynamic impact of gender as a unit of analysis in understanding the workings of militaries of state and the relationship between the international and the local in exploring the current policies of gender integration in the military. It also encourages the use of a more global perspective in exploring the issues of gender politics in the contemporary military, the interplay between the macro and micro levels of military and gender politics and understanding the connections between local context and international gender policy outcomes in the military.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. Critically appreciate the interplay between local context and military gender politics from a global perspective.
2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of non-western militaries, their gendered culture and how this responds to international norms and policies of gender compared to non-western ones.
Discipline-Specific Skills3. Critically reflect on key elements of the debates regarding women in military participation, gender and gender integration processes in the militaries of non-Western and Western states.
4. Display awareness of a range of theoretical and conceptual frameworks to understand the complex and changing interaction between gender perceptions and the military.
Personal and Key Skills5. Demonstrate an ability to problematize settled ‘truths’ and assumptions about gender perceptions, social culture and the identity of the military and our knowledge of these.
6. Demonstrate awareness of contingency in historical sociological processes.
7. Study independently and manage time and assessment deadlines effectively.
8. Communicate effectively in speech and writing.
9. Demonstrate critical and analytical skills through tutorial discussions and module assessments.
10. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of the internet, online journal databases and other IT resources for the purposes of tutorial and assessment preparation.
11. Demonstrate effective applied writing.