Specialization - International Human Rights

GEND 2187  International Human Rights


Any 18 credits completed.


GEND 3217


Three hours of lecture per week for one term.




In this course we examine how international human rights law and norms are promoted and protected under conditions of globalization. We survey major human rights instruments and the different actors and institutions involved in the international human rights regime. We ask what it means to say that human rights are ""universal"" and how they interact with local values and processes. When might ""sovereignty,"" ""culture"" and ""tradition"" serve to protect gender-based violence and other human rights abuses, and when does the discourse of human rights function to impose ""Western"" values in the interests in dominant powers? How can international human rights be translated into local justice? This course may be credited towards Political Science and Social Welfare & Social Development.

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