Master Of Science In Gender, Development And Peace Studies


The aim of the program is to contribute to fulfill the agenda of women’s empowerment and enhance efficiency in participation in development projects and policies in addition to peace processes and conflict resolution. Moreover, to improve the capacities of graduates by making them more able to compete and work in various fields, especially in areas related to women in development processes, women/gender rights, human rights and legislations related to gender-based violence during conflicts


To reach gender equality in the areas of cooperation development and policy making, and to contribute to fulfill the agenda of women’s empowerment and enhance efficiency in participation in development projects, policies and in peace processes and conflict resolution.


July of each year.

Admission Requirments

  • This follows the Admission requirements set by the School of Graduate Studies and approved by the University Academic
  • Graduates from any discipline could


Degree requirements


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Elective courses


Curriculum Outline


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GEND 701

Gender and Feminism Concepts and Theories


GEND 702

Identity and Multiculturalism


GEND 703

Development Concepts and Theories


GEDP 701

Peace and Conflicts Studies





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GEGO 702

Gender and Economic Governance


GEDP 702

Gender Sensitive Policies and Planning


GEDP 703

The Political Economy of Armed Conflicts


GEND 704

Research Methodology





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GEDP 720






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GEDP 721

Gender and Global Challenges *


GEDP 722

Gender and Health *


GEDP 723

Democracy and Human Rights *


GEDP 724

Gender and Peace in Media*


GEDP 725

Gender and Sate*



Course Descriptions


GEND 701              Gender and Feminism Concepts  and Theories                                                3 cr.

The course aims to help students to develop a critical framework for thinking about gender- related issues by providing them with an understanding of the different feminist theories and gender-related concepts, as well as to enable them to internalize them and use them competently in their analysis and thinking.

GEND 702              Identity and Multiculturalism                                                                          3 cr.

This course is a foundational course on multiculturalism and its implications with gender. Module I of the course combines basic communication skills and covering the basic notions related to multiculturalism. It will particularly focus on the implications to gender equality. Module II focuses on how multiculturalism is managed in education and dealt with by the media. Module III will cover the complex connections between diversity management, peace and conflict, particularly in a regional and national context.

GEND 703              Development  Concepts and Theories                                                              3 cr.

This course introduces the different understandings of development, development histories, concepts, approaches and theories. The course equips students with critical and analytical knowledge and practical skills that enable them to engage in development work and/or research from a cross-disciplinary perspective that draws from economics, history, political science, social anthropology, sociology and gender studies.

GEDP 701              Peace  and Conflict Studies                                                                             3 cr.

This Foundation course on peace and conflict introduces the area of peace and theories of conflict beside the different sources and causes of conflict and violence, the possibilities for conflict resolution, and the foundations of peace. Students will study and analyze the theoretical resources available in the area of conflict studies and develop an understanding of the complex and interconnected challenges to peace and the need for multi-faceted approaches to meet these challenges will be developed. It provides students with a set of tools for the analysis of contemporary civil and international conflicts and shows how evidence and theory can be effectively used to understand peace and conflict.

GEGO 702              Gender and Economic Governance                                                                  3 cr.

The course provides the concepts of economics and governance and conceptually integrates these concepts and examines them from a gender perspective highlighting the feminist economic perspectives in analysis of economic policies and praxis. Furthermore, the course considers critically how gender ideology and perspectives shape the outcomes and implications of economic planning, policies and actions. This course accentuates that gendered economic practices are important contributors to good economic governance by being more just and equitable.

GEDP 702              Gender  Sensitive  Policies and Planning                                                         3 cr.

The course provides the knowledge, skills and techniques of policy formulation and gender sensitive planning. The course introduces the gender concepts in policy and planning based on theoretical aspects of mainstreaming gender into national policies, programs and projects. The course provides the skills and techniques of project planning, implementation, evaluation and budgeting through the project cycle analysis and on the formulation of development projects and programs, in general of mainstreaming gender.

GEDP 703              The Political Economy of  Armed Conflicts                                                      3 cr.

This course focuses on the analysis of conflict and violence. It explores major social science paradigms for analyzing the relations among the state, the economy and the society. It is designed to give students a grasp of the ways in which political and economic forces interact in the shaping of conflicts and violence. Looking closely into different case studies (from Sudan, Afghanistan Iraq, etc.), will give students a variety of tools to “map” and to describe and understand the nature and the roots of armed conflicts.

GEND 704              Research Methodology                                                                                    3 cr.

The course covers the basic notions of research work and ethics, particularly from a gender perspective. The course introduces the feminist research methodologies, the process of planning a research, designing all the components of a research proposal as well as to conduct all the stages of research. Students will also learn how to write a field attachment report in an academic manner.

GEDP 720               Internship                                                                                                        6 cr.

The field attachment is a practical exercise for the students. The students will be attached to one relevant institution / organization or NGO for a period of six weeks. The purpose of the attachment is to give the students a practicum opportunity that will gain and exchange experience. Empowerment is the key element in this exercise.

GEDP 721              Gender  and Global Challenges                                                                        3 cr. The aim of the course is to identify global challenges to the world and its population as a whole. The course addresses the global challenges from gender perspective in relation to the current research and thinking about gender relations and gender processes, especially in their international dimension. Both broad questions and specific policy and practical issues will be examined.

GEDP 722               Gender and Health                                                                                           3 cr.

This course focuses on women and men health status using different perspectives such as rights, gender and social determinants of health. It applies an analytical framework based on needs, status, problems, policies and interventions for solutions and improvements. It also delves into varied forms of gender-ascribed behaviors such as gender-based violence during peace and as a product of war and conflict, to depict their implications on women’s health status in particular.

GEDP 723              Democracy  and Human Rights                                                                         3 cr.

This course introduces the main concepts of Human Rights, the Human Rights System and, it’s monitoring, enforcement, and protection mechanisms .The course critically examine the problems and the role played by certain traditions in justifying or criticizing universal Human Rights .The course highlights relevant standards for the protection and promotion of Women Rights, vulnerable groups and the mechanisms of traditional justice. The key components of a Democratic Society and the link between Human Rights and Democracy will also be highlighted.

GEDP724                Gender and Peace in Media                                                                            3 cr.

This course examines the nature and function of the media in conflict zones context. It will provides the evolving debates and issues surrounding media and communication policy and explores and highlights the huge difference between the traditional patriarchal ways of reporting and the conflict sensitive one. The course focuses on the two opposite but hazardous roles of media either in escalating or preventing conflict, this will be related to living cases of media and peace building around the world. The course will examine the possibilities of raising the skills and capacities of women in the field media in Sudan and how to make use of their acquired knowledge in peace building.

GEDP 725               Gender and State                                                                                             3 cr.

The course covers theories and debates on gender and power at local and international levels from a human rights perspective. The course provides analytical skills on how one should carry out an inquiry about political and legal status of women. The course focuses on the history of women’s movement against oppression in different contexts. The women’s empowerment strategies, options, accomplishments and constraints are discussed. The role of the state as a conducive or as an impeding structure for women’s empowerment will be analyzed along these different issues.