Human Rights (HRTS)

Director: Associate Professor Kathryn Libal

Office: 152 Human Rights Institute, Dodd Research Center

1007. Introduction to Human Rights

Three credits.

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.

2170W. Bioethics and Human Rights in Cross-Cultural Perspective

(Also offered as PHIL 2170W.) Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to sophomores or higher.

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.

2203. The Holocaust in Print, Theater, and Film

(Also offered as DRAM 2203 and HEJS 2203.) Three credits.

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

2263. Women and Violence

(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.

3028. Indigenous Rights and Aboriginal Australia

(Also offered as ANTH 3028.) Three credits. Recommended preparation: ANTH 2000.

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.

3028W. Indigenous Rights and Aboriginal Australia

(Also offered as ANTH 3028W.) Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Recommended preparation: ANTH 2000. CA 4-INT.

3042. Theories of Human Rights

(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.

3139. Theatre and Human Rights

(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.

3149. Human Rights Through Film

Three credits.

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.

3149W. Human Rights Through Film

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open only to juniors or higher.

3153W. Human Rights in Democratizing Countries

(Also offered as ANTH 3153W.) Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open only with consent of instructor.

Human rights, political violence, political and legal anthropology, prosecutions of human rights offenders, truth and memory, reconciliation, international justice. CA 4-INT.

3200. International Human Rights Law

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.

3200W. International Human Rights Law

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to sophomores or higher. Recommended preparation: HRTS 1007. CA 1. CA 4-INT.

3201. The History of Human Rights

(Also offered as HIST 3201.) Three credits.

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

3202. International Human Rights

(Also offered as HIST 3202.) Three credits.

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

3207. Genocide after the Second World War

(Also offered as HIST 3207.) Three credits. Recommended preparation: HIST/HRTS 3201. Gilligan

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.

3209. Sustainable Energy in the 21st Century

(Also offered as ENGR 3209 and POLS 3209.) Three credits. Open to juniors or higher.

Political, socioeconomic, environmental, science and engineering challenges of energy sources; comparison of feasibility and sustainability of energy policies around the world.

3212. Comparative Perspectives on Human Rights

(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.

3219. Topics in Philosophy and Human Rights

(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.

3219W. Topics in Philosophy and 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

3220. Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights

(Also offered as PHIL 3220.) Three credits. Prerequisite: At least one of PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106, or 1107.

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

3220W. Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights

(Also offered as PHIL 3220W.) Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; at least one of PHIL 1101, 1102, 1103, 1104, 1105, 1106, or 1107. CA 1.

3221. Latinos/as and Human Rights

(Also offered as HIST 3575 and LLAS 3221.) Three credits. Silvestrini

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

3250. Human Rights and New Technologies

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.

3250W. Human Rights and New Technologies

Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to sophomores or higher. Recommended preparation: HRTS 1007. CA 1.

3252. Corporate Social Impact and Responsibility

Three credits. 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.

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.

3254. Business Solutions for Societal Challenges

Three credits. Open only to non-business students of junior or higher status. Not open to students who have passed or are taking BADM 3254 or BLAW 3254.

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.

3256. Politics and Human Rights in Global Supply Chains

(Also offered as POLS 3256.) Three credits. Prerequisites: Open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1202 and 1402 and POLS/HRTS 3212.

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.

3256W. Politics and Human Rights in Global Supply Chains

(Also offered as POLS 3256W.) Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher. Recommended preparation: POLS 1202 and 1402 and POLS/HRTS 3212.

3257. Assessment for Human Rights and Sustainability

Three credits. Taught with ENGR 3257. Not open to students who have passed or are taking ENGR 3257.

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.

3293. Foreign Study

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.

3295. Special Topics

Credits and hours by arrangement. Prerequisites and recommended preparation vary. With a change in content, may be repeated for credit.

3298. Variable Topics

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.

3299. Independent Study

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.

3326. Global Health and Human Rights

(Also offered as ANTH 3326.) Three credits.

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

3418. International Organizations and Law

(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.

3420. Being International: Geopolitics and Human Rights

Three credits.

Human rights theories and debates and their historical, institutional and geopolitical contexts.

3421. Class, Power, and Inequality

(Also offered as SOCI 3421.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. Bernstein, Glasberg , Villemez, Wallace

Inequality and its consequences in contemporary societies.

3428. The Politics of Torture

(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?”

3430. Evaluating Human Rights Practices of Countries

(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.

3445. Economic Foundations of Gender Inequality

(Also offered as WGSS 3445.) Three credits. Not open to students who have passed or are taking ECON 2445.

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

3475. Economic Development and Human Rights

Three credits.

Microeconomics of economic development and human rights. Impacts of human capital, health, education, on well-being and poverty.

3505. White Racism

(Also offered as AFRA 3505 and SOCI 3505.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. Cazenave

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.

3563. African American History to 1865

(Also offered as HIST 3563 and AFRA 3563.) Three credits. Campbell, Ogbar

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.

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

(Also offered as AASI 3222 and SOCI 3222.) Three credits. Prerequisites: SOCI 1001, 1251, or 1501; open to juniors or higher.

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

3575. Human Rights and Visual Culture

(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.

3619. Topics in Literature and Human Rights

(Also offered as ENGL 3619.) Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to juniors or higher. May be repeated for credit with a change of topic.

Study of literature from various historical periods and nationalities concerned with defining, exploring, and critiquing the idea of universal human rights.

3631. Literature, Culture, and Humanitarianism

(Also offered as ENGL 3631.) Three credits. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open to sophomores and higher.

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

3807. Constitutional Rights and Liberties

(Also offered as AMST 3807 and POLS 3807.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher.

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.

3825. African Americans and Social Protest

(Also offered as AFRA 3825 and SOCI 3825.) Three credits. Prerequisite: Open to juniors or higher. Cazenave

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

3831. Human Rights in the United States

(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.

3835. Refugees and Humanitarianism

(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.

3835W. Refugees and Humanitarianism

(Also offered as SOCI 3835W.) Three credits. Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011. Suggested preparation: HRTS 1007.

3837. Sociology of Global Human Rights

(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.

3837W. Sociology of Global Human Rights

(Also offered as SOCI 3837W.) Three credits. Prerequisites: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011.

4291. Service Learning Seminar/Internship

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.

4996W. Senior Thesis

Three credits. Class hours by arrangement. Prerequisite: ENGL 1010 or 1011 or 2011; open only with instructor consent.

Research and writing of major project exploring a topic with human rights, with close supervision and production of multiple written drafts.

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