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Gender in International Affairs

Since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was adopted in 1948, gender has played an increasingly central role in the conduct of international affairs. Global civil society has organized to advocate for the rights of women and girls; several major international agreements, commissions, and conferences have addressed gender equality; and feminist critiques have informed the development of international relations. At the same time, there has been considerable social and political backlash, and severe problems of discrimination and violence persist, including socioeconomic inequities, denial of sexual and reproductive rights, sexual assault, and numerous other forms of oppression. This course will provide a broad multidisciplinary overview of key concepts regarding gender in international affairs, including the application of a “gender perspective” and the practice of "gender mainstreaming." It also will take into account intersectional perspectives and evolving conceptions of gender and sexuality, including LGBTI status.

  • Key Terms, Concepts, and Debates in Gender in International affairs
  • Global Foundations of Gender Equality and Non-Discrimination
  • The Gender Perspective
  • Gender Mainstreaming
  • Expanding Understandings of Gender and Sexuality
  • The Evolution of Gender Equality and Equity in the US

This course is eligible towards the completion of the Certificate in Global Affairs  or Certificate in International Development (please note, this course can only be used towards one Certificate). Bundle your coursework and earn a professional credential that communicates knowledge and skills gained. Declared Certificate students receive 10% off of courses within the program. 


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You'll Walk Away with

  • Deeper knowledge of critical global issues relating to the rights and welfare of women and girls
  • The ability to apply a “gender lens” to the analysis of international affairs
  • The opportunity to focus on a gender-related topic of your choice

Ideal for

  • Those seeking a broad multidisciplinary overview of gender in international affairs
  • Professionals who work with, or aim to work with, the rights and welfare of women and girls at the international level
  • Advocates and activists for global gender justice
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