Bruce E. Kochis
Introduces political, economic, legal, and cultural aspects of the theory and practice of human rights. Students will explore, critique, and develop theories of human rights.
This course will provide an introduction to the theory and practice of human rights and how human rights have challenged traditional ways of thinking about moral responsibility, foreign policy, international law, global civil society, and the role of power in international relations.
Student learning goals
Students will be able to critically analyze the ethical behavior of countries.
Students will know the history of the human rights movement.
Students will become familiar with the fundamental theories of morality and how they show up in personal and citizen behavior.
Students will ba able to identify, interpret, and evaluate an author's argument.
Students will be able to articulate ideas orally and to write with clarity and insight.
Students will learn basics of interdisicplinary research.
General method of instruction
The course will be lecture/discussion. The amount of reading is moderate. Laptops are not allowed during class time. We explore documentaries and have class visits by human rights practitioners.
Introductory courses in ethics, 20th century history, political science, philosophy, are particulary relevant.
Class assignments and grading
Students will write short responses on the reading for the week, take a mid-term that they have created, and choose one final project from the following options: create a brochure, write a 5-page research proposal, take the comprehensive final exam, do a community service report, write a 5-page policy memo, make a 5-minute video, create a web site, or participate in a group research project.
Typically students are graded on participation (20%), mid-term (30%), and a final project (50%)