Gender, diversity, and conflict

This course explores the intersection of conflict, gender and diversity in its widest understanding. The course has three main sections: a) conflict management, 2) gender and conflict, and 3) diversity and intercultural conflict management. Through a series of lectures, films, presentations, and interactive exercises, students will increase their understanding about the issues and conflicts that arise in promoting diversity and gender equality. Students will also understand the possibly different roles women and men play in preventing, mitigating and resolving conflict, and look at issues that need to be considered in what is called "gendered negotiations" and "diversity conflicts".

By the end of the course, participants will have learned a core set of gender and diversity analytical skills and be able to address the following questions with more depth of understanding: how does gender and diversity manifest themselves in conflicts; what are important international principles related to gender and diversity? Do men and women negotiate/mediation differently; what is the role of gender-based violence (both structure and physical) in conflict; and what are practical considerations in developing a gender and diversity sensitive conflict resolution processes.

This course is for 2nd year MIA and MPP students only.