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3540. Topics in Human Rights Practice

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Prerequisites: Instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Seminar on topics in theoretical and practice-based knowledge and skills related to human rights. Topics vary by semester.


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Term Campus Instruction Mode Instructor Section Session Schedule Location Enrollment Notes
Fall 2022 Storrs Distance Learning Sirmed, Marvi 001 Reg Tu 4:00pm‑6:30pm
No Room Required - Online 20/20 This course focuses on the role of digital media and journalism to realize a range of human rights concerns. We will examine the relationship between journalism and human rights as well as the enhanced role of media (new and traditional) in human rights practice. This will entail gaining an understanding of the media landscape and ecosystem, how it impacts human rights reporting, the limitations of human rights practitioners including journalists, and how to plan human rights advocacy by effectively engaging media. The course draws upon numerous examples of how reporting on human rights issues has become more ubiquitous and, in some ways, more challenging given the rise of the internet and social media. We also engage case examples from different regions and countries, with special attention devoted to South Asia and the United States. The course will provide an opportunity to consider how to share insights into human rights issues and develop advocacy campaigns using different social media and digital platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, email, television and radio. Topics include citizen and community journalism, social networks and independent media, as well as social media strategies of underground and international advocacy organizations in human rights campaigning.
Spring 2023 Storrs In Person Sirota, Sandra 002 Reg TuTh 11:00am‑12:15pm
ROWE 131 7/24 Scholars at Risk's (SAR) Student Advocacy Seminars provide university and college students with the opportunity to develop human rights research and advocacy skills through direct engagement on behalf of threatened members of the global higher education community in cooperation with SAR’s Academic Freedom Monitoring Project and Scholars in Prison Project. Arranged and supervised by local faculty in partnership with SAR, each seminar takes on the case of one or more scholars facing unjust restrictions, prosecution, or imprisonment. This experiential program is tailored to each institution and group of students and is designed to give students a foundation in: • Human rights research, standards, and mechanisms • Organizing and advocacy • Persuasive writing • Leadership and teamwork skills