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Rachel A Cichowski
EURO 490
Seattle Campus

Special Topics

Class description

The purpose of this course is to critically examine how women's rights developed in the European Union (EU). In the first part, we will explore the evolution of EU sex equality policy with particular critical attention to the economic origins of EU women’s rights. Next we turn to the law and politics of EU women’s rights. In this part, we will move beyond a discussion of the formal legal rules governing this policy domain and examine the main factors influencing this evolution. What was the role of national governments, EU institutions and women activists in this evolution? How has this impacted the balance of power in EU policy processes and changed the level of legal protection available to women at the national level? In particular, we will focus on the development of equality rights through the case law of the European Court of Justice. Finally, in the last part of the course, we will reflect on the limitations of EU women’s rights and assess the possible success of future directions and expansion of these rights.

Student learning goals

General method of instruction

Group discussion with some brief lectures.

Recommended preparation

Good analytic and critical thinking skills, as well as the ability to conduct research.

Class assignments and grading

Take home essay midterm, in class writings, research paper and in class presentation of research.

Participation and brief writings:15% Mid-term paper:30% Class presentation:15% Final research paper: 40%


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 Phillip R. Shekleton
Date: 02/24/2003