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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP3050113, A.A. 2019/20

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Degree course Second cycle degree in
EP1980, Degree course structure A.Y. 2013/14, A.Y. 2019/20
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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 CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in HUMAN RIGHTS AND MULTI-LEVEL GOVERNANCE

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 02/03/2020
End of activities 12/06/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2013 course timetable

Examination board
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Prerequisites: Knowledge of both methodological and substantive fundamentals of human rights is recommended
Target skills and knowledge: In its different parts, the course offers the opportunity to acquire the expected knowledge and skills described here. The course aims to reconstruct the most significant steps that have led to the development of the current international system of promotion and protection of women's human rights. The aim of the course is to provide the theoretical, conceptual and methodological tools to analyze the issues that the United Nations has progressively considered on the political agenda of human rights with regard to women condition and the decision-making processes that have led to the consolidation of specific guidelines and tendencies in terms of public policies and defined the current political agenda.
The course intends to illustrate the ways in which the public authorities face some problems related to women’s condition in the framework of interdependence and globalization processes, marked by an increasingly significant role of supranational arenas.
Particular attention will be devoted to some critical areas of concern of women’s human rights relevant to the implementation of public policies in terms of multi-level governance.
At the end of the course, the student: -
• is aware of the development at international level of the process of promoting and protecting women's human rights and knows the procedure and the mechanism of some specific institution
• is able to identify the issues that most characterize the international debate on women's human rights in the context of the law and policy making process and of specification of human rights, also with reference to the feminist perspective and to the institutional outcome
• is able to critically analyze the development of a gender perspective in relation to the processes of re-defining the principle of equality in the struggle against discrimination
• frames the issue of male violence against women within the human rights paradigm in a critical and holistic way, also with reference to the issue of trafficking in persons and prostitution in the context of migrant women condition, to other forms of serious exploitation of women in the context of the economic crisis and globalization, armed conflicts and humanitarian crises.
Examination methods: The verification of knowledge and expected skills is carried out with a writing exam through open-ended questions on the topics covered by the course program.
The exam duration is 1 hour and 30 minutes. The modalities of the exam are the same for all students, attending and not attending (unless otherwise indicated during lessons for particular situations)
In addition, students will be given the opportunity to make a presentation in the classroom, which will be considered for the assessment for the exam. It will also be possible to arrange in-depth analysis on specific topics in the form of a written essay, which will likewise be considered part of the exam in specific situations.
Assessment criteria: The exam will be evaluated in thirtieths, the minimum mark is 18, the maximum 30 and Lode.
The exam aims at assessing the student's familiarity with the fundamental concepts covered in class and in the reading material 
The student will be assessed on the knowledge of the planned overall program and on the topics understanding considered by the course program.
More specifically, the maturity of the acquired knowledge, the ability to describe analytically and to synthesize the issues considered in the program and the terminological property will token into consideration be considered. During the academic year, the student will have, six scheduled turns to take the exam related to this course.
During the lecturer for students attending any substitutions of the general part of the program can be evaluated with the teacher with notes and slides of the lessons and any additional readings indicated in the classroom.
Students will prepare the exam on the texts and materials specifically indicated in this syllabus.
Any other contributions produced by the them during the lessons (papers, power points, comments, etc.) can be evaluated in conjunction with the written test.
Course unit contents: In the first part of a general approach, particular relevance will be given to issues inherent women condition that have been the object of political negotiation both internationally and internally within the framework of promotion and protection processes of women's human rights affirmation .
During the lectures on the development of international politics for women's human rights, the main international reference documents will be examined with particular reference to the commitment of the UN Commission on the Status of Women and the UN Commission on the Elimination of All Forms of discrimination against women.
With particular attention will be considered the advancement of the political agenda - with a perspective towards the multi-level governance dimension of public policies on combating male violence against women.
A similar route will be developed on the matter of trafficking for sexual exploitation in the context of mixed migration flows, also with reference to the international protection of women. In this regard, policies to counteract organized crime and those to protect victims will be examined in the light of the broader connections that this phenomenon presents with immigration and prostitution.
Regarding the dimension linked to the implementation of public policies on these areas, particular attention will be devoted to multi-agency work in a human rights perspective.
The course will also consider issues related to the Women, Peace and Security agenda in the context of complex humanitarian emergencies. Also during this section of the course the main reference documents will be examined and analyzed.
During the lessons it will be possibile the partecipation of experts in the different topics considered and operators in the field.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Teaching activities provide mainly classroom lectures with the help of the power point as an IT support. During the lessons will be examined the main international reference documents and instruments for women’s human rights, those concerning the fight against trafficking, public policies frameworks on prostitution and on male violence against women as well as those concerning women rights promotion in relation to international protection and humanitarian crises. It is possible to organize seminars and presentation on a voluntary basis by singles students or by groups on specific topics agreed with the professor.
Regular attendance at lessons is recommended. In all areas, the active participation of students is considered an essential element of teaching, learning and assessment.
Additional notes about suggested reading: For the exam the students will prepare the following texts:
-N. Reilly, Women's Human Rights, Polity Press, Cambridge, 2009.
-R. Manjoo, J. Jones (eds) The Legal Protection of Women from Violence Normative Gaps in International Law, New York: Routledge, 2018.
integrated by the reading of:
- P. Degani, Collection of Materials - Instruments, 2018/2019, specifically prepared for the course available in the website Platform (Moodle) in electronic format.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • N. Reilly, Women's Human Rights. Cambridge: Polity Press, 2009. Text for the exam Cerca nel catalogo
  • R. Manjoo, J. Jones (eds), The Legal Protection of Women from Violence Normative Gaps in International Law. New York: Routledge, 2018. Text for the exam Cerca nel catalogo