Rachel A Cichowski
Focused, comparative examination of legal institutions.
Women’s Rights as Human Rights LSJ 490/POL S 447 Winter 2005
This course is an elective course for the comparative legal institutions and politics track of the Law, Society and Justice program. The course is both international and comparative 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 abortion politics to trafficking in women - at the domestic level. And we will also focus on women’s rights at the international level - including equality and women’ rights claims before supranational and international judicial bodies. Further, students will be asked to conduct research on a 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 foreign and international legal and political issues.
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General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading
Required Readings: Texts and course packet.
Assessment: Seminar Participation 20% Short Paper (3-4pp.) 20% Research Paper (10-12pp.) 60%