Content varies from quarter to quarter.
This course will explore the history, establishment and development of the human rights movement and civil society in Russia and other countries of the former USSR and Eastern Europe. Having started as an underground movement in the USSR, the human rights community in Russia and Eastern Europe has kept pace with democratic changes there and has become an integral part of emerging civil society. We will focus on the social and political process and its impact on human rights and civil society in Russia, as well as activities of various human rights groups in this country.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Seminars including lectures, disussion sessions and guest speakers.
Class attendance, studying the required reading materials and independent research.
Class assignments and grading
Research paper, presentations in class.
Attendance, participation, and the presentation of the assigned paper in class.