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OADH 4125 - Gender and Human Rights

Type d'enseignement : Seminar

Semester : Autumn 2019-2020

Number of hours : 24

Language of tuition : English



Course Description

This course examines the human rights framework through a gender lens, taking into consideration intersecting relations of power such as race, class and sexualities. It deploys interdisciplinary perspectives on human rights standards and principles; rights and citizenship; international conflict and the study of war and peace; international organizations and international law; globalization and international political economy; migration and asylum; gender equality and sustainable development; feminities/masculinities, sexualities and sexual rights; as well as international social movements and advocacy networks.
Students will be able to explain and use key concepts in the theory and practice of gender and human rights, to understand the gendered nature of human rights principles and norms in the international system, to critically assess the gender aspects and consequences of humanitarian assistance, to formulate a research problem and to draw on a variety of sources of information. A mixture of the two, both theoretical and practical

Course outline on the Google Drive


MARTEU, Elisabeth (.)

Course validation

To validate the course, the student is expected to pass the following assignments: • Students will write one essay of approximately 3000 words answering questions related to the topics dealt with in the seminar (50% of the final mark). • Students are also expected to read the weekly readings before each class, asked to comment and participate in class discussions (10% of the final grade) and to present cases studies and other materials assigned for specific classes (40% of the final grade).

Required reading

  • 1. FREEMAN, Marsha, CHINKIN, Christine, RUDOLF, Beate (eds.),The UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women : A Commentary, Oxford University Press, 2012.
  • 2. BUNCH, Charlotte, “Transforming Human Rights from a Feminist Perspective”, in J.S. Peters, A. Wolper (eds.), Women's Rights, Human Rights. International Feminist Perspectives, New York, Routledge, 1995, pp.11-17.
  • 3. COOK, Rebecca (ed.), Human Rights of Women: National and lnternational Perspectives, Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1994.
  • 4. KEOHANE, Robert, “Beyond Dichotomy: Conversations between International Relations and Feminist Theory”, International Studies Quarterly, 42(1), 1998.