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.
This course presents a thematic approach of women’s rights issues across a wide range of countries and cultures, and a survey of different theoretical approaches to the study of social, legal and economic women’s rights violations. The course also examines practical solutions to deal with these violations across the globe. The topics to be covered will include discussions of cultural relativism, women’s rights in various religious traditions, family violence and honor killings, women’s rights at workplace, trafficking, women’s rights at the time of war, and rape as a war crime. The empirical materials will also focus on a wide geographical range from Middle East to Eurasia, Africa to Western Europe and North America.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
This course will be discussion-based. Expect at least two hours of preparation for every day in class.
Class assignments and grading
The grade for the course will consist of participation in class discussions (20%), a series of weekly quizzes based on the reading (20%), a 4-page paper and ability to lead a discussion during one of the classes (20%), and a final research paper (40%).