WOMENSTD 435 - Advanced Topics in Gender in a Global Context
Section: 001 Fighting with Human Rights: Humanitarianism, Justice, Development in Africa
Term: FA 2018
Subject: Women's Studies (WOMENSTD)
Department: LSA Women's Studies
Waitlist Capacity:
Waitlist Notes:
Prof Fadlalla
Advisory Prerequisites:
May be elected twice for credit.
Rackham Information:
Rackham credit requires additional work.
Primary Instructor:

Globalization and the fast travel of people, ideas, and money have contributed to the flourishing of a human rights and humanitarian cultures and a growing net-work of transnational actors and activists fighting for justice, development, and social change in Africa. This course asks how do human rights and humanitarian actors do work in Africa. To what extent have the discourses and practices of these actors and activists raised awareness about such realities and influence political and economic transformation? In what situations have these discourses and practices reproduced colonial imageries and perpetuated global disparities? And how do such practices challenge ideas of national sovereignty and borderlines?

This course respond to these questions and surveys a diverse range of debates among the supporters and critics of human rights and humanitarian intervention in Africa. The course situates these debates in histories of colonial and postcolonial encounters and global relations of power and inequalities. The class also analyze these discourses and practices with reference to local politics and realities of uneven development that produce gender, class, and ethnic disparities in Africa (and elsewhere).

Course Requirements:

Requirements would vary according to instructor, but typically include selected readings with the grade based partially on participation in discussions, a research paper (20- 25 pp), and 2 exams.

Intended Audience:

Third and fourth year undergraduates. The class is intended for seniors but juniors are also welcome.

Class Format:

Advanced seminar

WOMENSTD 435 - Advanced Topics in Gender in a Global Context
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001 (SEM)
TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
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