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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP3050113, A.A. 2017/18

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
EP1980, Degree course structure A.Y. 2013/14, A.Y. 2017/18
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination WOMEN'S HUMAN RIGHTS
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit can be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Teacher in charge PAOLA DEGANI SPS/04

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses SPS/04 Polticial Science 6.0

Course unit organization
Period Second semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 45 105.0 No turn

Start of activities 26/02/2018
End of activities 01/06/2018

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Prerequisites: A basic knowledge of Public Policy and International Human Rights Law is recommended to properly follow this course
Target skills and knowledge: The course aims to reconstruct the most significant steps that have led to the development of the international system of promotion and protection of women’s human rights.
The purpose of this course is to provide theoretical, conceptual and methodological analysis of the issues that the UN has increasingly considered as part of the political agenda of human rights in relation to the status of women and decision making that led to the consolidation of certain guidelines in terms of policies. A specific part of the course is devoted to the problems male violence againsti women also in situations relatedo to trafficking in human beings for sexual exploitation and policies on prostitution.
These issues will be discussed in terms of their impact on women's conditions and in light of the paradigm of human rights.
Examination methods: Written exam based on open questions on different subjects in a session of an hour and half, on the scheduled dates during the exam sessions.

Moreover will be given to the students the opportunity to make a presentation in the classroom, which will be considered for the final evaluation in the ocntext of the written examination. It will also be possible to arrange the insights in the form of a written essay, which will likewise be considered part of the examination.
Assessment criteria: The written text prepared by each student will be evalaute on the basis of the correctness of the answers, the relevance of the arguments and clarity.
The students will prepare for the exam the texts and the materials specifically indicated in this this syllabus.
Any other contributions produced by the student during the lessons (paper, power point, comment and so on), will be evaluated in conjunction with written verification.
Course unit contents: The course is divided into two parts.
In the first part of a general nature will be given particular relevance to issues relating to the women condition that have been subject to political negotiation within the international and internal systems, as part of the processes of promotion and protection of human rights. During the lessons regarding the development of international policy for women’s human rights will be considered the main international documents of reference.
In the second part, devoted to the issue of male violence against women particular attention will be given to trafficking in human beings for sexual exploitation, as a specifci manifestation of violence and it will be examined the policies adopted to combat organized crime and for the protection of victims, considering the connection that this phenomenon has with migration and prostitution. Even during this part of the course, the main reference documents will be taken into consideration and analyzed.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: During the lessons will be taken into account the main international documents related to women’s human rights in general, those relating to trafficking in human beings for the purpose of sexual exploitation, prostituiton and violence against women and the protection of victims' rights, as well as those related to the promotion and protection of women in relation to international protection and the humanitarian crisis.
In the context of the lessons it will be possible to organize seminars and presentation on a voluntary basis by singles students or by groups on specific topics agreed with the professor.

Regular class attendance is strongly recommended. In all areas, the active participation of students is considered an essential element of teaching, learning and assessment.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Indications on study materials for the examination

For the examination the students will prepare the following texts:
-N. Reilly, Women's Human Rights, Polity Press, Cambridge, 2009;
- J. True, The Political Economy of Violence Against Women, Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2012;
and the Collection of Materials specifically prepared for the course available to Centre Copy of the Library of the Department of Political Sciences, Law and International Studies (Paola Degani, Material Collection, Instruments, 2017/2018)or available in the website Platform (Moodle) in electronic format.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • N. Reilly, Women's Human Rights,. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2009. *for the examination Cerca nel catalogo
  • J. True,, The Political Economy of Violence Against Women. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2012. *for the examination Cerca nel catalogo
  • Unhchr,, Recommended Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Human Trafficking. Commentary,. New York and Geneva:, 2010. for additional thematic integration Cerca nel catalogo
  • L. R. Agustin, Gender equality intersectionality and diversity in Europe. New York: Palgrave, 2013. for additional thematic integration Cerca nel catalogo
  • A.T. Gallagher,, The International Law of Human Trafficking. New York,: Cambridge University Press, 2010. for additional thematic integration Cerca nel catalogo
  • R. Matthews, Prostitution, Politcs and Policy. New York: Routledge Cavendish, 2008. for additional thematic integration Cerca nel catalogo
  • A. Edwards,, Violence against Women under International Human Rights Law. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011. for additional thematic integration Cerca nel catalogo
  • J. Freedman, Gendering the international asylum and refugee debate. New York: Palgrave, 2015. for additional thematic integration Cerca nel catalogo