Sexualities in IR

Semester: 
Spring
Year: 
2019
Subject Name: 
Political Science
Course Number: 
160
Institution: 
Amherst College

(Offered as POSC 160 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. Spring semester. Visiting Professor Picq.

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during the add/drop period only.
Crosslisted Section ID: 
POSC-160-01,SWAG-160-01
Schedule #: 
POSC-160-01-1819S

Course Sections

Sexualities in IR
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Manuela Picq mpicq@amherst.edu MW 12:30PM-01:50PM CHAP 203