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Rachel A Cichowski
LSJ 490
Seattle Campus

Special Topics in Comparative Legal Institutions

Focused, comparative examination of legal institutions.

Class description

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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Class assignments and grading

Required Readings: Texts and course packet.

Assessment: Seminar Participation 20% Short Paper (3-4pp.) 20% Research Paper (10-12pp.) 60%


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: 11/09/2004