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Postgraduate Course: Women's Rights as Human Rights? (LAWS11432)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis module provides a detailed consideration of the ways in which the idiom of human rights both empowers and emasculates different women around the world. It considers women's rights historically, theoretically, institutionally and through a variety of case studies. No knowledge of the topic is required, but some familiarity with general human rights debates is useful.
Course description Provisional Seminar Outline:

1) Women's Rights as Human Rights: History and Theory
2) Gender and the Intersectionality of Rights
3) The International Legal Architecture of Women's Human Rights
4) Women's Rights as the Right to Health: Framing the Abortion Debate
5) Women's Rights as Labour Rights
6) Collective Rights Claims: The Rights of Indigenous Women
7) Cultural Relativism? The Human Rights of Muslim Women
8) Women's Rights and Global Trafficking
9) More than a Family affair: framing domestic violence through the idiom of human rights
10) The Intersections between Human Rights and International Criminal Law for achieving gender justice: The case of rape
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  26
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Formative Assessment:

A 1000 word research proposal.

Summative Assessment:

1) 4000 Word Research Essay
2) 1000 Word Reflective Appraisal Exercise

All coursework will comprise a large amount of student-led class presentations on both the required readings and film viewing.
Feedback Feedback on the formative assessment may be provided in various formats, for example, to include written, oral, video, face-to-face, whole class, or individual. The course organiser will decide which format is most appropriate in relation to the nature of the assessment.

Feedback on both formative and summative in-course assessed work will be provided in time to be of use in subsequent assessments within the course.

Feedback on the summative assessment will be provided in written form via Learn, the University of Edinburgh's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate a critical and historically-inflected understanding of how human rights has enabled and restricted women¿s freedoms in a variety of contexts.
  2. Conduct independent research and feel confident in tackling any question relating to women and human rights.
  3. Apply their theoretical and historical understandings to particular case studies.
Reading List
Indicative Bibliography:

L Abu-Odeh, ¿Crimes of Honor and the Construction of Gender in Arab Societies¿ (2010) 58 American Journal of Comparative Law 1

M Bydoon, ¿reservations on the ¿Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)¿ Based on Islam and its Practical Application in Jordan: Legal Perspectives¿ (2011) 25 Arab LQ 51

L Chappell, The Politics of Gender Justice at the International Criminal Court: Legacies and Legitimacy (2016)

H Charlesworth & C Chinkin, Boundaries of International Law; A feminist analysis (2000)

R Cook (ed), Human Rights of Women: National and International Perspectives

A Edwards, Violence against Women under International Human Rights Law (2010)

R Kapur, ¿The Tragedy of Victimization Rhetoric¿ (2002) Harv HRJ

C MacKinnon, Are Women Human (2006)

S El-Masri, ¿Challenges facing CEDAW in the Middle East and North Africa¿ (2011) Int J HR

S E Merry, Human Rights and Gender Violence: Translating International Law into Local Justice (2009)
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Skills and Abilities in Research and Enquiry
The ability to conduct independent research is a core component of the module¿s assessment and so by the end of the semester, students should feel confident in tackling any question relating to women and human rights. Time will be set aside to ensure that all students feel comfortable in carrying out their research.

Skills and Abilities in Personal and Intellectual Autonomy
As per above.

Skills and Abilities in Communication
This class is intended to be an interactive seminar-style module and so communication with peers is crucial. If class size inhibits this, then a number of group activities will be devised to ensure that all students develop their communication skills.

Skills and Abilities in Personal Effectiveness
A focus on a number of case studies will enable students to apply their theoretical and historical understandings to particular examples.

Technical/practical skills
As per above.
KeywordsHuman Rights,Women's Rights,Level 11,Law,Postgraduate
Course organiserDr Michelle Burgis-Kasthala
Tel: (0131 6)50 2008
Course secretaryMs Susanna Wickes
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