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Rachel A Cichowski
LSJ 327
Seattle Campus

Women's Rights as Human Rights

Women's rights in comparative perspective, focusing on varying settings that alter the meaning and practical application. Domestic level: areas including abortion politics to trafficking in women. International level: areas including equality claims before European supranational judicial bodies, rape as war crime in international law. Offered: jointly with POL S 327.

Class description

This course is an elective course for the comparative legal institutions and human rights track of the Law, Society and Justice Program. The course is both interdisciplinary and comparative in focus rather than having a United States focus. The purpose of the course is to expose students to the complex issues - social, political, economic and legal - that characterize women’s rights around the globe. Students will be asked to think critically about women’s rights while thinking comparatively about the varying domestic and international settings that can alter the meaning and practical application of these rights. The course will focus on various substantive areas of rights - from reproductive rights to health rights - at the domestic level. And we will also focus on women’s rights at the international level - in such areas as the issue of rape as a war crime and sex trafficking. Further, students will be asked to conduct research on a women’s rights topic of their choice and to present their findings to class participants. The course will provide students with an introduction to and assistance in utilizing the web as a tool for conducting research on women’s rights.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Discussion, lecture

Recommended preparation

Class assignments and grading

Short papers Research Paper


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Rachel A Cichowski
Date: 09/30/2010