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LSJ 327 A: Women's Rights As Human Rights

Meeting Time: 
TTh 1:30pm - 3:20pm
OUG 136
Joint Sections: 
POL S 327 A
Rachel Cichowski

Syllabus Description:


 The course syllabus can be downloaded here.

This course is an elective course for the comparative legal institutions and human rights track of the Law, Society and Justice Program.  There are no pre-requisites for the course.  The course is both interdisciplinary 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 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.



  • Analyze and examine global women's right issues
  • Assess policy approaches to women’s rights issues and provide policy recommendations
  • Critically assess policy approaches and solutions for global women's rights issues
  • Construct and conduct an independent research project on a global women's rights issue of your choice
  • Acquire and apply skills to share your research analysis including writing a Research Paper and designing and presenting a Research Presentation.
Catalog Description: 
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.
GE Requirements: 
Diversity (DIV)
Individuals and Societies (I&S)
Other Requirements Met: 
Service Learning
Last updated: 
January 10, 2018 - 9:23pm