Sexualities in IR

Semester: 
Fall
Year: 
2021
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.

This course fulfills a requirement for the Five College Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice (RHRJ) certificate.

Limited to 25 students. Fall semester. Karl Loewenstein Fellow and Visiting Associate Professor Picq.

Instructor Permission: 
Permission is required for interchange registration during all registration periods.
Crosslisted Section ID: 
POSC-160-01,SWAG-160-01
Link to Campus Courses
Schedule #: 
POSC-160-01-2122F

Course Sections

Sexualities in IR
Sect # Credits Instructor(s) Instructor Email Meeting Times Location
01 4.0 Manuela Picq mpicq@amherst.edu TTH 01:00PM-02:20PM CHAP 203