Director: Associate Professor Kathryn Libal
Office: 152 Human Rights Institute, Dodd Research Center
Exploration of central human rights institutions, selected human rights themes and political controversies, and key political challenges of contemporary human rights advocacy. CA 2. CA 4-INT.
Philosophical examination of the ethical and human rights implications of recent advances in the life and biomedical sciences from multiple religious and cultural perspectives. CA 1.
Representations of the Holocaust, including first-hand accounts and documentaries; artistic choices in genre, structure, imagery, point of view, and the limits of representation. CA1. CA 4-INT
(Formerly offered as HRTS 3263.) (Also offered as WGSS 2263.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher. Recommended preparation: Any 1000-level WGSS course.
Discussion of various forms of gendered violence in the United States and in a global context. Physical, sexual, emotional and structural violence; social, political and personal meanings of gendered violence; special emphasis on women.
An introduction to the study and understanding of Aboriginal ways of life and thought. An exploration of the complexity of contemporary indigenous social orders and land rights issues. CA 4-INT.
(Also offered as POLS 3042.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. Hiskes
Various theories of human rights, both historical and contemporary. Conceptual arguments both in favor and critical of the theory and practice of human rights will be considered, with literature taken primarily from philosophy and political theory.
The study of international and domestic non-governmental organizations in human rights advocacy and campaigns.
International humanitarian and criminal law; genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and aggression, and theories of individual criminal responsibility.
(Also offered as DRAM 3139.) Three credits each semester. Two class periods.
Provides a critical study of theatre production as political discourse in global areas of conflict and how that discourse defines, or is defined by, human rights issues.
Human rights-related issues explored via the cinematic medium. Both the substantive content and the technical aspects of the films will be analyzed through a combination of lecture, viewing, and group discussion.
Human rights, political violence, political and legal anthropology, prosecutions of human rights offenders, truth and memory, reconciliation, international justice. CA 4-INT.
Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher. Recommended preparation: HRTS 1007.
International and regional human rights law, institutions, and regimes; specialized topics include corporate social responsibility, women’s human rights, truth commissions, humanitarian intervention, international criminal law, monitoring, and compliance. CA 1. CA 4-INT.
(Also offered as HIST 3201.) Three credits.
Case studies in the emergence and evolution of human rights as experience and concept.
(Also offered as HIST 3202.) Three credits.
Historical and theoretical survey of the evolution of human rights since 1945.
Origins of the 1948 Genocide Convention. Several case studies of genocide post WWII: Cambodia, Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, and Darfur. Causes and underlying dynamics of genocide with an emphasis on the international response. Critical evaluation of military, political, and non-governmental measures to prevent genocidal acts.
Political, socioeconomic, environmental, science and engineering challenges of energy sources; comparison of feasibility and sustainability of energy policies around the world.
(Also offered as POLS 3212.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.
Cultural difference and human rights in areas of legal equality, women’s rights, political violence, criminal justice, religious pluralism, global security, and race relations.
(Also offered as PHIL 3219.) Three credits. Prerequisite: One 3-credit course in Philosophy or instructor consent; open to juniors or higher. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.
What are human rights? Why are they important? Topics may include the philosophical precursors of human rights, the nature and justification of human rights, or contemporary issues bearing on human rights.
(Also offered as PHIL 3219W.) Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; one 3-credit course in Philosophy or instructor consent; open to juniors or higher. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit
Ontology and epistemology of human rights investigated through contemporary and/or historical texts. CA 1.
Latino/a issues related to human, civil and cultural rights, and gender differences.
Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to sophomores or higher. Recommended preparation: HRTS 1007.
The role of new technologies in the fulfillment, protection, and enforcement of human rights; technology-related human rights benefits and risks, including privacy, security, and equality; technical and legal innovations for balancing benefits and risks. CA 1.
Social impact and human rights implications related to global operations of multinational corporations; regulatory environment and competitive contexts that govern responsible business conduct on a global scale, how to navigate regulatory mandates and design social responsibility strategies to increase a firm’s reputation, reduce costs, and improve its competitive positioning while respecting human rights principles.
Market-based solutions to social and human rights challenges; how companies create value both for society and business, including role of for-profit businesses as agents for positive social impact in changing legal, regulatory, policy, and market environments. Regulatory and business strategies for long-term economic viability, sustainability, and human rights. Social innovation, statutory benefit corporations, corporate social certifications, social investment, shared value, strategic philanthropy, and business opportunities serving emerging markets.
Political and human rights implications of regulating contemporary global supply chains: official regulatory frameworks; non-regulatory approaches to rule-making (such as voluntary corporate codes of conduct and industry standards); social responses to the dilemmas of “ethical” sourcing of goods and services.
Foundational concepts of human rights and environmental impacts pertaining to global supply chains. Regulations and voluntary standards in engineering-intensive sectors, including infrastructure, biofuels, electronics. Case study analysis of corporate assessment practices for labor rights protection and environmental impacts.
Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Consent of the Minor Director required prior to departure. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit. May be taken for a maximum of 15 credits.
Special topics taken in a foreign study program.
Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.
Three credits. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.
Issues in human rights, theory, history, law and policy, or practices.
Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. With a change in content may be repeated for credit.
Supervised reading and writing on a subject of special interest to the student.
(Also offered as ANTH 3326.) Three credits.
Theories, methods and controversies in the interconnected fields of global health and human rights.
History, theories, and concepts about the human right to health and structural inequalities in the region.
(Also offered as POLS 3418.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.
The role of intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations and international law in world affairs with special attention to contemporary issues.
Human rights theories and debates and their historical, institutional and geopolitical contexts.
(Also offered as SOCI 3421.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. Bernstein, Glasberg , Villemez, Wallace
Inequality and its consequences in contemporary societies.
(Also offered as POLS 3428.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.
Examination of the usage of torture by state and non-state actors. Questions include, “Why is torture perpetrated?” “What domestic and international legal frameworks and issues related to the use of torture?” “How effective are existing legal prohibitions and remedies?” “Who tortures?” and “How does torture affect transitional justice?”
(Also offered as POLS 3430.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.
Examination of the ways in which governments, businesses, NGOs, IGOs, and scholars assess which human rights are being respected by governments of the world. Hands-on experience in rating the level of government respect for human rights in countries around the world.
Economic approaches to gender inequality in political representation, economic opportunities, access to education, and health.
Microeconomics of economic development and human rights. Impacts of human capital, health, education, on well-being and poverty.
The origin, nature, and consequences of white racism as a central and enduring social principle around which the United States and other modern societies are structured and evolve. CA 4.
History of African-American people to 1865, from their West African roots, to their presence in colonial America, through enslavement and emancipation. Adaptation and resistance to their conditions in North America. Contributions by black people to the development of the United States.
How gender, class and ethnicity/race structure everyday lives of Asian Indian women in both India and the United States.
(Also offered as ARTH 3575.) Three credits.
The problematics of visual representation and media in defining, documenting and visualizing human rights and humanitarianism from the 19th century birth of photography to 21st century social media.
Study of literature from various historical periods and nationalities concerned with defining, exploring, and critiquing the idea of universal human rights.
Relationships between literature and culture and humanitarian movements, from the eighteenth century to the present.
Introduction to Islamic law, international human rights, and questions of universalism and relativism, collectivism and individualism.
The role of the Supreme Court in interpreting the Bill of Rights. Topics include freedoms of speech and religion, criminal due process, and equal protection.
Social and economic-justice movements, from the beginning of the Civil Rights movement to the present.
(Also offered as SOCI 3831.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.
Sociological analyses of human rights issues in the United States, including economic, racial, and gender justice; prisoner’s rights and capital punishment; the role of the United States in international human rights agreements and treaties; and struggles on behalf of human rights.
(Also offered as SOCI 3835.) Three credits.
Social and political challenges of living as a refugee and working in humanitarian settings. Refugee camps, the institutional development of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and alternative approaches to sanctuary.
(Also offered as SOCI 3837.) Three credits.
Comparative approach to the study of human rights in the United States and elsewhere around the world from a sociological perspective.
Three credits. Class hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: Open only with instructor consent.
Combination of internship work within the larger human rights community with regular classroom meetings for reflection/analysis on the application of human rights concepts and practices. Includes the production of a written/media portfolio of semester’s work.
Research and writing of major project exploring a topic with human rights, with close supervision and production of multiple written drafts.