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1007. Introduction to Human Rights

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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2203. The Holocaust in Print, Theater, and Film

Also offered as: HEJS 2203, DRAM 2203

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Representations of the Holocaust, including first-hand accounts and documentaries; artistic choices in genre, structure, imagery, point of view, and the limits of representation. CA 1. CA 4-INT

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2263. Women, Gender, and Violence

Also offered as: WGSS 2263

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to sophomores and higher. Recommended preparation: Any 1000-level WGSS course.

Grading Basis: Graded

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. SM - 10/6/15

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3028W. Indigenous Rights and Aboriginal Australia

Also offered as: ANTH 3028W

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or ENGL 1011 or ENGL 2011. Recommended preparation: ANTH 2000.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3042. Theories of Human Rights

Also offered as: POLS 3042

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3050. Approaches to Human Rights Advocacy

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

The study of international and domestic non-governmental organizations in human rights advocacy and campaigns.

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3055. Theory and Practice of International Criminal Justice

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

International humanitarian and criminal law; genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and aggression, and theories of individual criminal responsibility.

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3139. Theatre & Human Rights

Also offered as: DRAM 3139

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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. FA-1/20/11; CLAS 11/16/10

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3149W. Human Rights through Film

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3200W. International Human Rights Law

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to sophomores or higher. Recommended Preparation: HRTS 1007.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3201. The History of Human Rights

Also offered as: HIST 3201

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Case studies in the emergence and evolution of human rights as experience and concept.

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3202. International Human Rights

Also offered as: HIST 3202

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Historical and theoretical survey of the evolution of human rights since 1945.

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3212. Comparative Perspectives on Human Rights

Also offered as: POLS 3212

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Cultural difference and human rights in areas of legal equality, women's rights, political violence, criminal justice, religious pluralism, global security, and race relations.

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3220W. Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights

Also offered as: PHIL 3220W

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: At least one of PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106, or 1107; ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Ontology and epistemology of human rights investigated through contemporary and/or historical texts. CA 1.

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3221. Latinos/as and Human Rights

Also offered as: LLAS 3221, HIST 3575

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Latino/a issues related to human, civil and cultural rights, and gender differences.

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3252. Corporate Social Impact and Responsibility

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to non-business students of junior or higher status. Not open to students who have passed or are taking BADM 3252 or BLAW 3252.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3298. Variable Topics

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Issues in human rights, history, law and policy, or practices. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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3299. Independent Study

1.00 - 12.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Supervised reading and writing on a subject of special interest to the student. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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3299. Independent Study

1.00 - 4.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Supervised reading and writing on a subject of special interest to the student. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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3299. Independent Study

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Supervised reading and writing on a subject of special interest to the student. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

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3326. Global Health and Human Rights

Also offered as: ANTH 3326

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Theories, methods and controversies in the interconnected fields of global health and human rights.

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3326. Global Health and Human Rights

Also offered as: ANTH 3326

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Theories, methods and controversies in the interconnected fields of global health and human rights. FM-3/8/16

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3327. Power and Health in Latin America and the Caribbean

Also offered as: ANTH 3327, LLAS 3327

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to sophomores or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

History, theories, and concepts about the human right to health and structural inequalities in the region.

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3421. Class, Power, and Inequality

Also offered as: SOCI 3421

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Inequality and its consequences in contemporary societies.

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3428. The Politics of Torture

Also offered as: POLS 3428

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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?"

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3430. Evaluating Human Rights Practices of Countries

Also offered as: POLS 3430

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3445. Economic Foundations of Gender Inequality

Also offered as: WGSS 3445

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students who have passed or are taking ECON 2445

Grading Basis: Graded

Economic approaches to gender inequality in political representation, economic opportunities, access to education, and health.

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3505. White Racism

Also offered as: SOCI 3505, AFRA 3505

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3563. African American History to 1865

Also offered as: HIST 3563, AFRA 3563

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3573. Asian Indian Women: Activism and Social Change in India and the United States

Also offered as: SOCI 3222, AAAS 3222

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: SOCI 1001, 1251 or 1501; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

How gender, class, and ethnicity/race structure everyday lives of Asian Indian women in both India and the United States.

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3575. Human Rights and Visual Culture

Also offered as: ARTH 3575

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open to sophomores or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3619. Topics in Literature and Human Rights

Also offered as: ENGL 3619

3.00 credits | May be repeated for credit.

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Study of literature from various historical periods and nationalities concerned with defining, exploring, and critiquing the idea of universal human rights. May be repeated for credit with a change of topic.

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3631. Literature, Culture, and Humanitarianism

Also offered as: ENGL 3631

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to sophomores or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Relationships between literature and culture and humanitarian movements, from the eighteenth century to the present.

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3807. Constitutional Rights and Liberties

Also offered as: POLS 3807, AMST 3807

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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3825. African Americans and Social Protest

Also offered as: SOCI 3825, AFRA 3825

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to juniors or higher.

Grading Basis: Graded

Social and economic-justice movements, from the beginning of the Civil Rights movement to the present.

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4291. Service Learning Seminar/Internship

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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.

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4996W. Senior Thesis

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

Grading Basis: Graded

Research and writing of major project exploring a topic with human rights, with close supervision and production of multiple written drafts. SM-3/28/11

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