Fall 2019  |  PA 5890 Section 004: Topics in Global Policy and Human Rights -- Women's Human Rights in Practice (34074)

Class Component:
1.5 Credits (5 Credits max.)
Grading Basis:
Student Option No Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Topics Course
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
09/03/2019 - 12/11/2019
Mon 11:15AM - 12:30PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 60
Enrollment Status:
Closed (20 of 20 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Selected course topics in global policy, foreign policy, international security, international development, human rights, and humanitarianism.
Class Notes:
Class Description:

This course explores live debates and contemporary movements for women's human rights and gender equality globally and in the US, and builds practical communications skills.

We'll briefly cover foundational women's human rights principles and mechanisms, then we'll explore how advocates are deploying human rights to tackle new challenges and seize opportunities in today's world. We'll examine progress and emerging threats to gender equality in the areas of health rights, employment and economic rights, and natural resources and assets.

Throughout the course, we'll do short exercises to deepen your knowledge about gender equality and women's human rights, and to sharpen your ability to communicate about these issues. We'll practice project planning; advocacy writing; media and social media communications; presentation skills; and writing for donors. We'll also reflect on stress and burnout in the human rights profession, and ways to foster resilience and wellbeing.

There are no prerequisites. This class is designed to complement, not duplicate, other classes on gender, public policy, and human rights. I encourage you to take other courses on these topics in the Humphrey School, the Law School, CLA, and other schools and colleges.

This course qualifies as an elective for the Master of Human Rights and the Human Rights Graduate Minor at the U, as well as the Global Public Policy and the Gender and Public Policy Concentrations at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs.

The syllabus in Google Docs is here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/18W9s0zUmWH_Mkx6ED4Tt95Q70pnqUI-8UPQ5EekeJrk/edit?usp=sharing

And a video intro describing the course is here:

Who Should Take This Class?:
Graduate and upper-level undergraduate students
Learning Objectives:

The goals of this course are for students to deepen their understanding of contemporary women's human rights topics, debates, and advocacy strategies, and to hone practical communications skills needed in the human rights field.

By reading and discussing diverse materials, doing exercises to hone practical communications skills, and participating in other activities, you'll improve your ability to:

  • Apply human rights principles to current debates on gender and women's rights.

  • Analyze gender and human rights problems, and design strategies to address them.

  • Operate as versatile, confident, informed advocates for gender equality and women's rights.

  • Produce compelling written materials in a variety of formats and for different audiences.

  • Speak succinctly and persuasively about gender and human rights issues.

  • Recognize distinctive barriers to realization of women's human rights and gender equality for marginalized groups.

  • Understand stress and resilience in the human rights field and develop wellbeing practices.

Grades are based on posted responses to materials (readings, videos), class participation, and a series of short written and verbal exercises.
Exam Format:
No exams.
Class Format:

Seminar style. Class meets on Mondays 11:15-12:30 for the full semester.

Comparable to other graduate courses, though reading load is probably lighter. Students will view or read a variety of short, timely sources to illustrate communications formats and tools used by advocates. There is no long paper assignment.
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
21 August 2019

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