About This Course
This course provides an overview of women's health and human rights, beginning in infancy and childhood, then moving through adolescence, reproductive years and aging. We consider economic, social, political and human rights factors, and the challenges women face in maintaining health and managing their lives in the face of societal pressures and obstacles.
We focus on critical issues, namely those that may mean life or death to a woman, depending on whether she can exercise her human rights. These critical issues include: being born female and discrimination; poverty; unequal access to education, food, paid work and health care; and various forms of violence. Topics discussed include son preference, education, HIV/AIDS, reproductive health, violence in the home and in war and refugee circumstances, women's work, sex trafficking, and aging.
Our MOOC will have a special focus on creating an international network of engaged students. We will ask students to take part in interactive discussions and cooperative exercises and to share their own experiences. We also ask students to engage with the communities they live in, in order to deepen their understanding of the issues and tie academic ideas to real-life circumstances.
To find out more details about this course and its principles, please visit our Project Page at www.internationalwomenshealth.org
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Anne Firth Murray
Anne Firth Murray, a New Zealander, was educated at the University of California and New York University in economics, political science and public administration, with a focus on international health policy and women’s reproductive health.
For the past twenty-five years, Anne has worked in the field of philanthropy, serving as a consultant to many foundations. From 1978-1987, she directed the environment and international population programs at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in California. She is the Founding President of The Global Fund for Women, which aims to seed, strengthen, and link groups committed to women’s well-being and human rights. In 2005, Anne was nominated along with a thousand activist women for the Nobel Peace Prize.
Anne is a Consulting Professor in Human Biology at Stanford University, where she teaches on women's health, human rights and love as a force for social justice. She is the author of the books Paradigm Found: Leading and Managing for Positive Change and From Outrage to Courage: The Unjust and Unhealthy Situation of Women in Poorer Countries and What They Are Doing About It, on international women's health.
Kevin is dedicated to crafting new experiences for students and heads the educational design studio Skyship Design. Skyship specializes in developing open online courses (MOOCs) and created some of Stanford’s earliest social science MOOCs, including "Democratic Development" featuring Professor Larry Diamond; the GPS Lab, which united science students globally; and the country of Norway's first MOOC on "Promising Practices in International Development."
Kevin teaches in the Program on Urban Studies at Stanford University, where he is an instructor for "International Urbanization", which explores the sustainable development of cities; "Defining Smart Cities"; and "Civic Dreams, Human Spaces", a Stanford d.school (design school) class focused on creating vibrant, inclusive public spaces.