Bruce E. Kochis
Examines human rights as a philosophical concept, an historical movement, and a contemporary political phenomenon, both in its inherently international scope and in its distinctly U.S. expression in congressional and executive-branch processes. Uses expert guest speakers, both on campus and in Washington, D.C., as major learning resources, along with readings and written assignments.
This course primarily studies U.S. human rights foreign policy through a research project of the student's choosing and a hands-on week in Washington DC.
Student learning goals
Students will develop their abilities to think critically with empathy about the world’s vulnerable and the ethics of the policies that affect their lives.
Students will share leadership and work collaboratively toward mutually agreeable solutions.
Students will develop their abilities to do interdisciplinary research focused on problem-solving.
Students will improve their abilities to write and present ideas clearly and effectively.
General method of instruction
There are four components: a month of reading, two days of workshops, a week in Washington DC at a variety of briefings, and an independent research project.
This is an advanced senior-level research class for which students should be prepared with courses in human rights, social/political theory, and research methods.
Class assignments and grading
Active participation in workshops, briefings, and a sophisticated research project.
Participation, a research project, and a presentation.