WGST-253-01 Women's International Human Rights
Fall for 2017-2018
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This course is designed to introduce students to key issues pertaining to women’s international human rights, with a focus on the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Students will be exposed to the ways in which politics, eligion, culture, and social contexts have all contributed to current practices and debates pertaining to women and gender in these regions. We will read a variety of sources, including religious, historical, legal, and anthropological texts. Throughout the course, students will be confronted with a number of philosophical questions, such as, how should the conflict of women’s rights and cultural relativism be resolved? Should religious rights trump women’s rights? We will also focus on a number of issues such as FGM/FGC, polygamy, gendered violence, child marriages, veiling, etc. throughout the Middle East, North Africa, and South Asia. Through an exploration of such issues, this course offers an introduction to the diverse socio-cultural, political, and religious contexts that have shaped key debates concerning women’s international human rights over time.
Credits: 3
Prerequisites: None
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