HISTORY 407 - Advanced Study in Comparative and Transnational History
Winter 2020, Section 003 - Gender, Sexuality, and International Human Rights Law
Instruction Mode: Section 003 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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This course explores how gender, sexuality, and sexual orientation have come to be recognized areas of human rights advocacy and international law. It begins by following the work of a small, diverse group of international feminists who inserted women’s equal rights into the founding documents of international human rights law in the 1940s. We will then examine grass-roots struggles to expand the concept of gender and sexual rights over subsequent decades and to apply international law to local situations ranging from domestic violence to genocidal rape. Students will prepare a mock debate on issues and tensions that arise as part of these struggles. The second part of the course examines the interpretation and application of gender and sexual rights within the Inter-American system. In groups, students will present a case that has been adjudicated within this regional system.

Course Requirements:

Each student will conduct independent research and write an analytical paper (10 pages) on a case originating anywhere in the world that was brought before an international or regional human rights body.


HISTORY 407 - Advanced Study in Comparative and Transnational History
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001 (SEM)
 In Person
Tu 4:00PM - 7:00PM
002 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
003 (SEM)
 In Person
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM

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