Undergraduate Module Descriptor

ARA3200: Gender, Sexuality and Violence in Palestine/Israel

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.


NQF Level 6
Credits 15 ECTS Value 7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module ran during term 2 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Professor Laleh Khalili ()





Available via distance learning


This module takes a critical approach to the study of ‘conflict’ in Palestine/Israel by focusing on the relationship between gender and political violence in the region. We will first problematise the dominant frames of ‘conflict’ and ‘occupation’, looking instead to the model of settler colonialism as a gendered and sexualised practice. We will then explore key themes including nationalism, space, embodiment, everyday life, feminism, queer politics and resistance, which illustrate how gender relations are central to violence in Palestine/Israel. Through engaging with gender as a political and analytical category you will investigate the range of mechanisms that sustain political violence, as well as how individuals and communities practise resistance and imagination.

The course mixes lectures, tutorials and seminars, with teaching and learning shifting to dialogical and workshop formats as the term progresses. No prior knowledge of the subject is required; the module is suitable for interdisciplinary pathways.

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