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Dr. Susan Sage Heinzelman, Director 2505 University Avenue, A4900, Burdine Hall 536, Austin Texas 78712 • 512-471-5765

Spring 2007

WGS 393 • Gender, Law, and Citizenship

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Course Description

"Women's Rights are Human Rights" became the rallying cry of the 1995 Beijing Conference on Women. Why did the call for women's rights as human rights emerge at this historical moment, and how can we understand its relationship to women's movements across the globe? This course examines the emerging body of feminist human rights work in light of its theoretical assumptions about non-western cultures. How do we best understand the enabling and potentially disenabling aspects of feminist human rights theory? This course tracks the emergence of human rights in the post war period, the development of a movement for women's human rights after the Bosnia atrocities, the debate about women's rights and cultural rights, and concludes by exploring the possibilities for enagaged feminist human rights criticism.


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