PCST 351

Women and Peace (GN)

This course explores the connections between gender and peace in theory and in practice, with a special focus on the traditions of women's peace activism. We will study theories relating gendered notions of human nature to violence and peace, to militarism (and other forms of institutionalized violence) and to violence against women. We will also examine the relationships between motherhood (and fatherhood) and peace, along with connections between feminism and nonviolence. Finally, we will explore the reasons for women-only and women-centered peace groups and movements; the history of women's peace movements, and other movements for social justice. Throughout the semester we will pay special attention to the ways other aspects of identity -- race, class, sexual orientation, age, etc. -- impact each of these areas of study.