Bruce E. Kochis
Study of the literature of civil liberties, civil rights, and human rights in the United States. Examines the way writers try to justify specific rights and to communicate the need for social change in American society.
This course will apply the theory of international human rights to the domestic practices of the federal, state, and local governments of the United States. We will examine the following from a human rights perspective: the Patriot Act of 2001 in the aftermath of 9/11; the treatment of refugees, immigrants, and trafficked individuals; and the situation of women, the disabled, and sexual minorities.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
The course will be a mix of lecture and discussion with an emphasis on the latter.
A previous course or courses in human rights, civil rights, or law, society, and justice would be helpful.
Class assignments and grading
Assignments will include short writing assignments, discussion boards, and a short policy brief on a topic of the student's choosing.
Students are graded on quality of writing and discussion.