Studies the international human rights movement in its legal and political context. Focuses on institutions which influence, enable, and constrain the international promotion of human rights. Offered: jointly with POL S 368.
Description. This course examines the emergence and development, since World War II, of an international movement dedicated to the promotion of human rights. We will study the goals of the movement and the global political context in which it operates. Special attention will be given to the legal institutions, national and international, which have influenced its evolution and character. Students taking the course will acquire an enhanced understanding of the role in human rights politics played by the United Nations, national governments, non-governmental organizations, international customary law, treaty law, regional courts, and international tribunals. Students will also be responsible for writing a research paper on some aspect of human rights.
Student learning goals
Learn basic concepts in human rights, domestic law, and international law.
Learn basic concepts in international human rights law, the law of armed conflict, and international criminal law.
Research a contemporary human rights problem.
General method of instruction
Instructor lectures and TA-led discussions.
Class assignments and grading
Assignments. Midterm exam, final exam, research paper, and participation. There is a voluntary service learning option in the course. Service learning students will write their research paper on an issue connected to the work of their organization.
Grading. Participation: 15 % Midterm: 25 % Final: 35 % Research Paper 25 % Total: 100 %