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Gender-Based Violence and Human Rights
J.D. Practicum 1077 | 4 credit hours
The seminar component of the course explores various forms of gender-based violence in public and private spheres and the relationship between this violence and discourse on human rights in both the legal and policy arenas. While violence against women is increasingly garnering significant international attention in diverse fields such as law and public health, how to understand the relationship between violence against women and human rights, and how to approach solutions to the issue, are matters of vigorous intellectual and political debate. We will explore aspects of this debate including arguments about cultural relativism and the universality of human rights, and we will examine how international and regional human rights mechanisms have been, and can be, used to combat gender-based violence. We will also consider additional solutions to the prevention of sexual violence including the economic empowerment of women, the education of girls, and others.
Recommended: International and Comparative Law on Women's Human Rights; International Human Rights. Prerequisites: Students must complete the required first-year program prior to enrolling in this course (part-time and interdivisional transfer students may enroll prior to completing Criminal Justice, Property, or their first-year elective).
Students may not concurrently enroll in this practicum course and a clinic or another practicum course. Students may concurrently enroll in this practicum course and an externship.
This is a 4 credit course. Two credits will be awarded for the 2-hour weekly seminar and 2 credits will be awarded for approximately 10 hours of supervised work per week, for a minimum of 11 weeks.