WOMENSTD 436 - Human Rights, Gender and Culture
Section: 001
Term: FA 2007
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
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Advisory Prerequisites:
One course in WOMENSTD or ANTHRCUL.
May not be repeated for credit.
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Rackham credit requires additional work.
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This course introduces the concept of human rights in interdisciplinary perspective. Processes of globalization have facilitated the adoption of human rights discourse transnationally by widely varying actors, particularly in the 1990s. However, just as those who study globalization argue that globalization does not entail a process of standardization or homogenization, but must be understood via its cultural specificities, this course is based on the argument that the transnational discourse of human rights must be understood in local contexts. The readings will help students explore how an increasingly hegemonic discourse is culturally contextualized and mediated; and while trying to understand how claims of resistance and struggle are being re-articulated in a legal language of rights and entitlements, we will pay particular attention to how these claims often have unintended consequences. We will use gender, race and class as focal points for the varying discourses of rights; this provides a useful perspective through which to examine who benefits from this discourse of social justice, in that women, people of color and non-property owners were left out of the initial definitions of “humanity” that universal human rights were protecting.

WOMENSTD 436 - Human Rights, Gender and Culture
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001 (SEM)
W 3:00PM - 6:00PM
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