About this Course
This course focuses on women’s health and human rights issues from infancy through old age, including information about positive interventions relating to those issues. Learners are encouraged to interact with each other through interactive discussions. It is important to us that this course be available to all learners. We encourage you to apply for Coursera's financial aid (see link to left) if the cost of the course certificate is difficult for you to afford. Please note that you may view all materials in this course, and participate in it, without purchasing a certificate. The course was co-created by Consulting Professor Anne Firth Murray and Kevin Hsu. Anne Firth Murray is the Content Director of the course; Kevin Hsu is the Design Director of the course.
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Beginner Level

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Approx. 51 hours to complete

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Skills you will gain

Reproductive HealthHealth EducationCommunity HealthSexually Transmitted Infections
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Beginner Level

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Approx. 51 hours to complete

Suggested: Depending on your pace, this course can be completed in 8-11 weeks.
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Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
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2 hours to complete

Introduction

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Reading
1 video (Total 12 min), 9 readings, 1 quiz
Video1 videos
Reading9 readings
Welcome!10m
Who we are10m
Our Textbook10m
Assignments10m
Complete a brief pre-course survey10m
What resources are available to you?10m
Visit internationalwomenshealth.org10m
Sharing your work10m
Create a local group10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Complete the survey2m
Clock
5 hours to complete

Women's Rights = Human Rights

Learning the basics of women's rights and human rights. Why do we use the lens of human rights to examine women's issues?...
Reading
6 videos (Total 66 min), 8 readings, 3 quizzes
Video6 videos
Akila Radhakrishnan on Women & Human Rights18m
Helen Stacy on Women's Health, Human Rights, and International Law37m
Son Preference & Demography3m
Son Preference Conclusion0m
Week 1 Final Remarks0m
Reading8 readings
About this Module10m
Women's Health, Poverty and Rights [Textbook]10m
About Akila Radhakrishnan10m
About Helen Stacy10m
(optional) Additional Resources10m
WHO: Women and Health - Today's Evidence, Tomorrow's Agenda10m
[Optional] We Women Worry a Lot about our Husbands (Ghana)10m
A Deadly Preference10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Check Your Learning: Women's Rights = Human Rights16m
Check Your Learning: A Deadly Preference4m

2

Section
Clock
5 hours to complete

Education

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Reading
5 videos (Total 62 min), 10 readings, 2 quizzes
Video5 videos
Lynn Murphy on "Learning vs. Schooling"32m
Professor Wu Qing from China7m
Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg from Kenya18m
Week 2 Final Remarks0m
Reading10 readings
About this Module10m
Chapter 3. Childhood: the Hope of Education and the Persistence of Discrimination10m
(optional) Additional Resources10m
New Lessons: the Power of Educating Adolescent Girls10m
(optional) Additional Resources on Girls' Education10m
What Works in Girls’ Education10m
About Lynn Murphy10m
About Wu Qing10m
About Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg10m
(optional) Add to Your Portfolio10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Check Your Learning: Education18m

3

Section
Clock
5 hours to complete

Childhood & Adolescence: Female Genital Mutilation

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Reading
4 videos (Total 36 min), 10 readings, 3 quizzes
Video4 videos
UNICEF: Speaking out on Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting3m
Isha Daramy on FGM in Sierra Leone23m
UNICEF: FGM in Côte d'Ivoire5m
Reading10 readings
Into a New World: Young Women's Sexual and Reproductive Lives10m
About this Module10m
A Violent Practice: Female Genital Mutilation [Textbook]10m
World Health Organization10m
UNICEF10m
(optional) UNICEF Data10m
Female Genital Mutilation: Guide to Laws and Policies10m
Introduction to FGM in Sierra Leone10m
[Optional] Cultural Perspective on FGM10m
(optional) Add to Your Portfolio10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Check Your Learning: Female Genital Mutilation12m
Check-in on FGM2m

4

Section
Clock
6 hours to complete

Childhood & Adolescence: HIV/AIDS

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Reading
8 videos (Total 62 min), 11 readings, 3 quizzes
Video8 videos
Dr. Gene Richardson on Gender & HIV/AIDS11m
Why South Africa?5m
What is 'structural violence'?4m
Changing Paradigms5m
About TeachAIDS1m
TeachAIDS India23m
Orphans in Africa5m
Reading11 readings
About this Module10m
Adolescence, Change & Vulnerability [Textbook]10m
Women, Poverty, and AIDS10m
Women Are Not Just Transmitters10m
About Dr. Gene Richardson (Stanford)10m
(optional) Additional Resources10m
About TeachAIDS10m
About G.R.A.C.E10m
(optional) Additional Resources10m
About this Quiz10m
(optional) Add to Your Portfolio10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Check Your Learning: (Practice Quiz) HIV/AIDS20m
HIV/AIDS22m

5

Section
Clock
6 hours to complete

Reproductive Health

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Reading
6 videos (Total 56 min), 16 readings, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
Dr. Caitilin Gerdts on Reproductive Health2m
Unwanted Pregnancy, Contraception, and Abortion25m
Safe abortion in Nepal - a success story8m
Why Did Mrs. X Die?, Retold14m
Final Remarks on Sexual Health0m
Reading16 readings
About this Module10m
Why Child Marriage Persists10m
Adolescent Pregnancy and Its Outcomes Across Countries10m
About Dr. Caitlin Gerdts (UCSF)10m
The Maternity Death Road: Reproductive and Sexual Health [Textbook]10m
Spiraling Discourses of Reproductive and Sexual Rights10m
Activism for Sexual and Reproductive Rights10m
Advancing women's reproductive and sexual health rights: Using the International Human Rights system10m
(optional) Additional Resources10m
About Ipas10m
Outcomes in Nepal10m
READINGS ON CERVICAL CANCER & HPV10m
Lesbians, Health and Human Rights10m
The Maternity Death Road10m
(optional) "Birth of a Surgeon" documentary film (Mozambique)10m
(optional) Add to Your Portfolio10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Check Your Learning: Reproductive Health28m
Clock
2 hours to complete

Engage Your Community - Assignment #1

One of two special assignments that will take you out to interact with members of your community...
Reading
2 readings, 1 quiz
Reading2 readings
Engage Your Community - Assignment #110m
(optional) Add to Your Portfolio10m

6

Section
Clock
6 hours to complete

Violence Against Women in the Home and Community

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Reading
3 videos (Total 62 min), 16 readings, 2 quizzes
Video3 videos
Jacqueline Pitanguy on Violence Against Women15m
From Fear to Freedom41m
Reading16 readings
About this Module10m
"Violence against Women: Abuse or Terrorism?" [Textbook]10m
WHO: Intimate partner and sexual violence against women10m
(optional) Additional Resources10m
About Jacqueline Pitanguy (Brazil)10m
WHO: Going in Depth10m
(Optional) Reflections on Violence, Subordination & Sexual Control (India)10m
About the Film10m
(Optional) Survey10m
About the Women's Learning Partnership10m
Impacts on Empowerment (Mexico)10m
An Obstacle to Development (Global)10m
WHO: Primary prevention strategies10m
Ending Violence Against Women10m
Conclusion10m
(optional) Add to Your Portfolio10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Check Your Learning: Violence Against Women26m

7

Section
Clock
6 hours to complete

Women in War and Refugee Settings

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Reading
6 videos (Total 78 min), 15 readings, 3 quizzes
Video6 videos
LGBTI Refugees17m
LGBIT Refugees (bonus)19m
Zainab Bangura26m
Marjan Sax on Refugees in Europe8m
Final Remarks on Women in War and Refugee Settings0m
Reading15 readings
About this Module10m
Women Caught in Conflict and Refugee Situations [Textbook]10m
Defining "What is a refugee?"10m
Female refugees10m
(optional) Additional Resources on "Rape as a Weapon of War"10m
About Tiela Chalmers10m
War and the Health of Women10m
Forced Evictions in Situations of Armed Conflict (Middle East)10m
Women, Violence and War (Balkans)10m
About UN Special Representative Zainab Bangura10m
(optional) Additional Resources10m
About Marjan Sax10m
About the Series "Women, War, and Peace" (2011)10m
(optional) Film: "Pray the Devil Back to Hell"10m
(optional) Add to Your Portfolio10m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Optional Reading Quiz6m
Check Your Learning: Women in War and Refugee Settings26m

8

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Women's Quest to Escape Poverty: Work & Economic Empowerment

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Reading
4 videos (Total 20 min), 10 readings, 2 quizzes
Video4 videos
Violeta Krasnic on Women and Work11m
The Global Gender Gap2m
Violeta's Comments on the Video1m
Reading10 readings
About this Module10m
Laboring in a Globalized World10m
UN WOMEN: Facts & Figures on Economic Empowerment10m
(optional) Additional Resources10m
About Violeta Krasnic10m
The Global Gender Gap10m
UN WOMEN: Decent Work and Women's Economic Empowerment10m
UNDP: "Valuing Women's Work"10m
UN Special Rapporteur: Unpaid Care Work and Women's Human Rights10m
(optional) Add to Your Portfolio10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Check Your Learning: Women's Work and Economic Empowerment12m

9

Section
Clock
4 hours to complete

Women's Quest to Escape Poverty: Sex Work & Sex Trafficking

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Reading
3 videos (Total 33 min), 7 readings, 5 quizzes
Video3 videos
Katherine Jolluck on Human Trafficking28m
Voluntary & Involuntary Sex Work1m
Reading7 readings
About this Module10m
Sex Work and Sex Trafficking10m
About Katherine Jolluck10m
Trading women into sex and slavery10m
International Trafficking in Women in the United States10m
Women in the Sex Trade in Calcutta (India)10m
(optional) Add to Your Portfolio10m
Quiz4 practice exercises
Trading women into sex and slavery4m
International Trafficking in Women in the United States4m
Women in the Sex Trade in Calcutta (India)2m
Check Your Learning: Sex Work and Sex Trafficking26m

10

Section
Clock
5 hours to complete

Women, Aging, and End of Life

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Reading
3 videos (Total 44 min), 10 readings, 4 quizzes
Video3 videos
Dr. Carol Hutner Winograd on Aging and Demographic Change37m
Final Remarks1m
Reading10 readings
About this Module10m
Aging in a Man's World [Textbook]10m
UN WOMEN: Between Gender & Aging10m
About Dr. Carol Hutner Winograd (Stanford)10m
(optional) Additional Resources10m
Aging in a Gendered World & Special Problems in Developing Countries10m
Who Cares for the Caregivers?10m
Dying and Death10m
Grandmother Power10m
(optional) Add to Your Portfolio10m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Aging in a Gendered World & Special Problems in Developing Countries2m
Who cares for the caregivers?4m
Check Your Learning: Women, Aging and End of Life16m
Clock
2 hours to complete

Engage Your Community - Assignment #2

Second of two special assignments where you engage with members of your community...
Reading
2 readings, 1 quiz
Reading2 readings
Engage Your Community - Assignment #210m
(optional) Add to Your Portfolio10m
Clock
5 hours to complete

Choosing Priorities, Making a Difference

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Reading
5 videos (Total 59 min), 11 readings, 2 quizzes
Video5 videos
Dr. Iman Bibars (Egypt)11m
Ana María Enríquez (Colombia)12m
Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro (Kenya)15m
Anne Firth Murray (New Zealand)16m
Reading11 readings
About this Module10m
About Dr. Iman Bibars (Egypt)10m
Turning the World Right-side Up [Textbook]10m
About Ana María Enríquez (Colombia)10m
How to Proceed from Concept to Action10m
About Dr. Musimbi Kanyoro (Kenya)10m
Women's Political Action (India)10m
About Anne Firth Murray10m
(optional) Add to Your Portfolio10m
Post-Course Survey10m
Our alumni community: internationalwomenshealth.org10m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Check Your Learning: Choosing Priorities, Making a Difference14m
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It was very informative and interesting. The layout was clear and easy to use. the interviews in particular were useful and interesting. I would definitely recommend this course.

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  • An interest in health and social justice. It will be useful to have an open mind, willingness to hear different points of view, and a commitment to positive social change.

    Access to the Internet. A stable internet connection will also be useful, as much of the other content, including video interviews and lectures will be delivered online.

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  • The primary text for the class is a book on international health and human rights of women, From Outrage to Courage: The Unjust and Unhealthy Situation of Women in Poorer Countries and What They Are Doing About It (Second Edition) by Anne Firth Murray. If you are interested in having a copy of the book, you can obtain one from Amazon.com. We will also make individual chapters available online during the course.

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