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Sexualities in International Relations

Listed in: Political Science, as POSC-160  |  Sexuality, Women's and Gender Studies, as SWAG-160

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Faculty

Manuela Picq (Section 01)

Description

(Offered as POSC 160 [SC] and SWAG 160) From abortion to gay rights, sexuality is deeply entangled in world politics. As LGBT rights become human rights principles, they not only enter the rights structure of the European Union and the United Nations but are also considered a barometer of political modernity. If some Latin American nations have depicted their recognition of gay rights as symbolic of their progressive character, certain North African nations have depicted their repression of homosexuality symbolic of their opposition to western imperialism. The results of sexual politics are often contradictory, with some countries enabling same-sex marriage but criminalizing abortion and others cutting aid in the name of human rights. This course explores the influence of sexual politics on international relations. We analyze how women and gay rights take shape in the international system, from the UN to security agendas, and evaluate how sexuality shapes the modus operandi of contemporary politics.

Limited to 30 students. Fall semester. Visiting Professor Picq.

If Overenrolled: Preference will be given to Political Science majors.

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Offerings

2017-18: Offered in Fall 2017
Other years: Offered in Fall 2016, Spring 2017