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Spring 2018 Undergraduate Course Offerings

Recommended Course

HRTS 1007 Introduction to Human Rights

Kiper

T/Th 11:00am-12:15pm

Core A: Institutions and Laws

HRTS 3202 001 International Human Rights

Omara-Otunnu

Section 001: T/Th 5:00pm-6:15pm

HRTS 3212 001 Comparative Perspectives on Human Rights

Hertel

Section 001: M/W/F 9:05am-9:55am

HRTS 3831 001 Human Rights in the United States

Nielsen

T/Th 9:30am-10:45am

Core B: History, Philosophy, and Theory

HRTS 3042 001 Theories of Human Rights

Arat

Section 001: T/Th 2:00pm-3:15pm

HRTS 3220W 001 Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights
TBD
Tu/Th 12:30pm – 1:45pm

Ontology and epistemology of human rights investigated through contemporary and/or historical texts.

Core C: Applications and Methods

HRTS 3428 001 The Politics of Torture
Richards
M/W/F 11:15am-12:05pm

Examination of the usage of torture by state and non-state actors. Questions include, “Why is torture perpetrated?” “What domestic and international legal frameworks and issues related to the use of torture?” “How effective are existing legal prohibitions and remedies?” “Who tortures?” and “How does torture affect transitional justice?”

HRTS 3835 001 Refugees and Humanitarianism

Warren

T/Th 9:30am-10:45am

HRTS 3837W Sociology of Global Human Rights

Holzer

M/W/F 9:05am-9:55am

Elective Coursework

ANTH 3150 W: Migration

Martinez

MWF 10:10am-11:00am

AASI 3531/HIST 3531: Japanese Americans and World War II

TBD

T/Th 2:00pm-3:15pm 

ECON 3473W: Economic Development

Aguero

T/Th 2:00pm-3:15pm 

GEOG 3240: Medical and Health Care Geography

Ghosh

Mo 2:00pm-4:30pm 

NRE 2600: Global Sustainable Natural Resources

Helton

T/Th 11:00am-12:15pm

NURS 3225: Ethical Ways of Knowing

Griffiths

Th 9:30am-12:00pm

Jacobs

Th 9:30am-12:00pm

PHIL 2215: Ethics

Battaly

MWF 9:05am-9:55am

PHIL 3218: Feminist Theory

Silvermint

Mo 3:35pm- 6:05pm 

WGSS 3105: The Politics of Reproduction

Mmao

11:15am-12:05pm 

WGSS/ POLS 3249: Gender Politics and Islam

Arat

Tu 3:30pm-4:45pm

HRTS 2203 001 Women, Gender, and Violence

TBD

Section 001: Tu 

HRTS 2263 001/002/003 Women, Gender, and Violence

TBD
Section 001: M/W 12:30pm-1:45pm
Section 002: M/W 2:00pm-3:15pm

Discussion of violence against women in the U.S. and globally, including close examination of various forms of interpersonal and structural violence as well as the social, political and personal meanings of violence.

 

HRTS 3209 001 Sustainable Energy 21st Century

Bayulgen

Section 001: T/Th 11:00am-12:15pm

HRTS 3298 Variable Topics: Civil Society and Human Rights Advocacy

Libal

T 3:30pm-6:30pm

This seminar examines the history and contemporary practices and politics of human rights advocacy, with a focus on the work of national and international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and examines the relationship between transnational human rights mobilization and domestic human rights advocacy. The course addresses how NGOs and coalitions develop campaigns on issues such as the rights of migrants and refugees, racism, torture, women’s rights as human rights, global poverty and inequality, and economic and social rights.

HRTS 3298 Variable Topics: Human Rights in the Middle East

Deniz

T/Th 11:00am-12:15pm

HRTS 3298 Variable Topics: Power and Rights to Health in Latin America

Abadia-Barrero

T/Th 9:30am-10:45am

HRTS 3418 001 International Organizations and Law

Richards

M/W/F 1:25pm-2:15pm

HRTS 3563 001 African American History to 1865

Gabriel

T/Th 3:30pm-4:45pm

HRTS 3619 001 Literature and Human Rights

Winter

T/Th 2:00pm-3:15pm

HRTS 3807 001 Constitutional Rights and Liberties
Yalof
T/Th 9:30am – 10:45am

The role of the Supreme Court in interpreting the Bill of Rights. Topics include freedoms of speech and religion, criminal due process, and equal protection.

Capstone

HRTS 4291 001 Service Learning Seminar/Internship
Webb
Fr 10:10am-11:00am

Combination of internship work within the larger human rights community with regular classroom meetings for reflection/analysis on the application of human rights concepts and practices. Includes the production of a written/media portfolio of semester’s work.

HRTS 4996W 002/003 Senior Thesis

Section 002: Mitoma, TBD

Section 003: Land, TBD

 

 

+Fall 2017 Undergraduate Course Offerings

Fall 2017 Undergraduate Course Offerings

HRTS 2263 001/002 Women, Gender, and Violence
Section 001: M/W/F 11:15am – 12:05pm
Section 002: M/W/F 1:25pm – 2:15pm

Discussion of violence against women in the U.S. and globally, including close examination of various forms of interpersonal and structural violence as well as the social, political and personal meanings of violence.

HRTS 3028W 001 Indigenous Rights & Aboriginal Australia
Dussart
TBD

An introduction to the study and understanding of Aboriginal ways of life and thought. An exploration of the complexity of contemporary indigenous social orders and land rights issues.

HRTS 3139 001 Theatre & Human Rights
English
Online Course

Provides a critical study of theatre production as political discourse in global areas of conflict and how that discourse defines, or is defined by, human rights issues.

HRTS 3149 Human Rights Through Film
Barry
W 3:30pm - 6:00pm

Human rights-related issues explored via the cinematic medium. Both the substantive content and the technical aspects of the films will be analyzed through a combination of lecture, viewing, and group discussion.

HRTS 3200 International Human Rights Law
Land
M/W 11:15am - 12:30pm

International and regional human rights law, institutions, and regimes; specialized topics include corporate social responsibility, women’s human rights, truth commissions, humanitarian intervention, international criminal law, monitoring, and compliance.

HRTS 3220W 001 Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights
Killmister
Tu/Th 12:30pm – 1:45pm

Ontology and epistemology of human rights investigated through contemporary and/or historical texts.

HRTS 3221 001 Latinos/as and Human Rights
Staff
M/W/F 12:20pm - 1:10pm

Latino/a issues related to human, civil and cultural rights, and gender differences.

 

HRTS 3298 Variable Topics: Human Rights in the Middle East
Deniz
Th 3:30pm - 6:00pm

HRTS 3326 001 Global Health and Human Rights
Abadia-Barrero
Tu/Th 11:00am – 12:15pm

The interconnected fields of global health and human rights, and their core assumptions, current dilemmas, and key debates.

HRTS 3428 001 The Politics of Torture
Richards
Tu/Th 2:00pm – 3:15pm

Examination of the usage of torture by state and non-state actors. Questions include, “Why is torture perpetrated?” “What domestic and international legal frameworks and issues related to the use of torture?” “How effective are existing legal prohibitions and remedies?” “Who tortures?” and “How does torture affect transitional justice?”

HRTS 3430 001 Evaluating Human Rights Practices of Countries
Richards
Tu/Th 11:00am – 12:15pm

Examination of the ways in which governments, businesses, NGOs, IGOs, and scholars assess which human rights are being respected by governments of the world. Hands-on experience in rating the level of government respect for human rights in countries around the world.

HRTS 3445 001 Economic Foundations of Gender Inequality
Prakash
Tu/Th 2:00pm – 3:15pm

Economic approaches to gender inequality in political representation, economic opportunities, access to education, and health.

HRTS 3631 001 Literature, Culture, and Humanitarianism
Coundouriotis
M/W/F 10:10am- 11:00am

Relationships between literature and culture and humanitarian movements, from the eighteenth century to the present.

HRTS 3807 001 Constitutional Rights and Liberties
Hettinger
Tu/Th 9:30am – 10:45am

The role of the Supreme Court in interpreting the Bill of Rights. Topics include freedoms of speech and religion, criminal due process, and equal protection.

HRTS 4291 001 Service Learning Seminar/Internship
Webb
Fr 9:05am – 9:55am

Combination of internship work within the larger human rights community with regular classroom meetings for reflection/analysis on the application of human rights concepts and practices. Includes the production of a written/media portfolio of semester’s work.

EDCI 3100 001/002/003Multicultural Education, Equity and Social Justice
Section 001: M/W 8:00am - 9:15am
Section 002: M/W 12:20pm - 1:35pm
Section 003: T/Th 8:00am-9:15am
Introduction to multicultural education. Includes the nature and purposes of schooling, the relationship between diversity, schooling and society, and the concepts and practices of multicultural education and equity pedagogy. Course is currently available only to NEAG students.

LLAS 3271/POLS 3834 Immigration and Transborder Politics
Venator
T/Th 12:30pm-1:45pm
U.S. immigration policy, trans-border politics, and the impact diasporas and ethnic lobbies have on U.S. foreign policy, with emphasis on Latino diasporas.

POLS 3672/WGSS 3052 Women and Politics
Arat
M/W 4:40pm-5:55pm
An introduction to feminist thought, the study of women as political actors, the feminist movement and several public policy issues affecting women.

WGSS 2255 Sexualities, Activism, and Globalization
Nunez
W 3:35pm - 6:35pm
Globalization of LGBT identities, cultures and social movement activism, and cultures from a transnational perspective; use, role, and impact of digital media.
4 seats held for HRTS majors

WGSS 3105 The Politics of Reproduction
Mmao
M/W/F 11:15am - 12:05pmm
National and transnational politics of reproduction including: contraception, sexuality education, abortion, childbirth, surrogacy, adoption, health care policy

WGSS 3257 Feminist Disability Studies
Mauldin
M 12:30pm - 3:30pm
Social, historical, cultural, and political constructions of the intersecting categories of gender and disability. Through a wide variety of texts and cultural examples, exploration of how disability is gendered, gender is disabled, and both are interwoven by race, ethnicity, class, nationality, sexuality, and subcultures.

WGSS 3269 Women's Movements
Olsen
M/W/F 1:25pm - 2:15pm
Examination of women's movements as related to intersections of gender, race, class, nationality, and sexuality, and to topics such as democracy, economic justice, the environment, health, and sexual freedom.

 

 

+Spring 2017 Undergraduate Course Offerings

HRTS 2203 The Holocaust in Print, Theater, and Film

Sibelman

Representations of the Holocaust, including first-hand accounts and documentaries; artistic choices in genre, structure, imagery, point of view, and the limits of representation.  CA 1. CA 4-INT

HRTS 2263 001/002 Women, Gender, and Violence
Section 001: Olsen, M/W/F 12:20pm-1:10pm
Section 002: Lovelace, Tu/Th 12:30pm-1:45pm

Discussion of violence against women in the U.S. and globally, including close examination of various forms of interpersonal and structural violence as well as the social, political and personal meanings of violence.

HRTS 3042 001 Theories of Human Rights
Arat
Tu/Th 2:00pm-3:15pm

Various theories of human rights, both historical and contemporary. Conceptual arguments both in favor and critical of the theory and practice of human rights will be considered, with literature taken primarily from philosophy and political theory.

HRTS 3149W 001 Human Rights Through Film
Barry
Tu 4:00pm – 6:30pm

Human rights-related issues explored via the cinematic medium. Both the substantive content and the technical aspects of the films will be analyzed through a combination of lecture, viewing, and group discussion.

HRTS 3201 001 The History of Human Rights
Tu/Th 11:00am-12:15pm

Historical and theoretical survey of the evolution of human rights since 1945.

HRTS 3221 Latino/as and Human Rights
Pertuz
M/W/F 12:20pm-1:10pm
Latino/a issues related to human, civil and cultural rights, and gender differences.

HRTS 3252 001 Corporate Social Impact Responsibility
Kaeb
M/W 3:30pm-4:45pm

Social impact and human rights implications related to global operations of multinational corporations; regulatory environment and competitive context that govern responsible business conduct on a global scale, how to navigate regulatory mandates and design social responsibility strategies to increase a firm’s reputation, reduce costs, and improve its competitive positioning while respecting human rights principles.

HRTS 3254 001 Business Solutions to Societal Changes
Kaeb
M/W 5:00pm-6:15pm

Market-based solutions to social and human rights challenges; how companies create value both for society and business, including role of for-profit businesses as agents for positive social impact in changing legal, regulatory, policy, and market environments. Regulatory and business strategies for long-term economic viability, sustainability, and human rights. Social innovation, statutory benefit corporations, corporate social certifications, social investment, shared value, strategic philanthropy, and business opportunities serving emerging markets.

HRTS 3298 001 Variable Topics: Science, Technology and Politics
Scruggs
Tu/Th 2:00pm-3:15pm

In this class we will examine the relationship between science and technology and role of the public. What does the public generally know or think about major contemporary issues in science and technology? Has their understanding or interaction changed over time, and why? What rights do members of the public have to know, direct, and benefit from the pursuit of scientific knowledge, and to be protected from its side effects? The course will focus on contemporary issues in science and politics, like climate change, genetically modified organisms, and the health effects of vaccines, in the United States and Europe, but we will also visit longer historical timeframes and broader international implications.

HRTS 3298 002 Variable Topics: Islam and Human Rights
Eyadat
Mo 10:10am – 12:40pm

In recent decades, the rise in violence and human rights violations committed by extremist Islamist actors, or actors who do not identify as Islamist but hold Islamic affiliations, have contributed to the conflation of extremist Islamism and Islam itself. With most of the Western media attention focused on religious and sectarian conflicts in the region, negative feelings towards Islamism have extended towards Islam. This course sheds light on Islam and its relationship with human rights and the main approaches shaping this debate. It addresses this relationship from the perspectives of both the international human rights communities and the religious “Muslim” scholars’ communities. The course highlights the study of human rights in Islamic theorizing, while examining the current human rights conditions in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries as “Muslim states.”

HRTS 3298 003 Power and Right to Health in Latin America
Abadia-Berrero
T/TH 9:30am-10:45am
Issues in human rights, history, law and policy, or practices.

HRTS 3298 004 Child Labor and Human Rights in Africa
Vernal-Wright
T/TH 2:00pm-3:15pm
Issues in human rights, history, law and policy, or practices.

HRTS 3563 001 African American History to 1865
Gabriel

TuTh 3:30pm-4:45pm

History of African-American people to 1865, from their West African roots, to their presence in colonial America, through enslavement and emancipation. Adaptation and resistance to their conditions in North America. Contributions by black people to the development of the United States

HRTS 3807 001 Constitutional Rights & Liberties
Yalof
Tu/Th 9:30am-10:45am

The role of the Supreme Court in interpreting the Bill of Rights. Topics include freedoms of speech and religion, criminal due process, and equal protection.

HRTS 3831 001 Human Rights in United States
Katuna
Tu/Th 9:30am – 10:45am

Sociological analyses of human rights issues in the United States, including economic, racial, and gender justice; prisoner’s rights and capital punishment; the role of the United States in international human rights agreements and treaties; and struggles on behalf of human rights.

HRTS 3835 (Honors) Refugees and Humanitarianism
Warren
T/TH 9:30am-10:45am
Social and political challenges of living as a refugee and working in humanitarian settings with a focus on refugee camps, institutional development of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and alternative approaches to refuge.

HRTS 3837W 001 Sociology of Global Human Rights
Holzer
M/W/F 2:30pm-3:20pm

Comparative approach to the study of human rights in the United States and elsewhere around the world from a sociological perspective.

HRTS 4291 001 Service Learning Seminar/Internship
Fr 10:10am – 11:10am

Combination of internship work within the larger human rights community with regular classroom meetings for reflection/analysis on the application of human rights concepts and practices. Includes the production of a written/media portfolio of semester’s work.

+Fall 2016 Undergraduate Course Offerings

Fall 2016 Undergraduate Course Offerings

HRTS 1007 001 Introduction to Human Rights
Abebe
Tu/Th 3:30-4:45 PM

Exploration of central human rights institutions, selected human rights themes and political controversies, and key political challenges of contemporary human rights advocacy. CA 2. CA 4-INT.

HRTS 2263 001 Women, Gender, and Violence
Section 001: Olsen, M/W/F 11:15am-12:05pm

Discussion of violence against women in the U.S. and globally, including close examination of various forms of interpersonal and structural violence as well as the social, political and personal meanings of violence.

HRTS 3139 Theatre & Human Rights
English
World Wide Web

Provides a critical study of theatre production as political discourse in global areas of conflict and how that discourse defines, or is defined by, human rights issues.

HRTS 3200W 001 International Human Rights Law
Land
Tu/Th 12:30am-1:45pm

International and regional human rights law, institutions, and regimes; specialized topics include corporate social responsibility, women’s human rights, truth commissions, humanitarian intervention, international criminal law, monitoring, and compliance.

HRTS 3219W 001 Topics in Philosophy and Human Rights
Killmister
Tu/Th 11:00am-12:15pm
Collective and cultural rights.

HRTS 3220 001 Philosophical Foundation of Human Rights
Bloomfield
M 3:35pm-6:05pm

Ontology and epistemology of human rights investigated through contemporary and/or historical texts. CA 1.

HRTS 3257 001 Assessment for HRTS & Sustainability
Hertel
W 6:00pm-8:30pm

Interested to apply the principles of engineering design in a way that promotes positive social and economic development while minimizing environmental impacts???
In this course, cross-listed between Human Rights and Engineering, you will learn how companies assess their global supply chains to ensure designs and business practices meet those goals. Topics include foundational concepts of human rights and environmental impacts. Regulations and voluntary standards in engineering-intensive sectors, including biofuels, infrastructure, electronics. Case study analysis of corporate assessment practices for labor rights protection and environmental impacts.

HRTS 3298 001 Variable Topics: The Economics of Gender and Inequality
Prakash
Tu/Th 2:00pm- 3:15pm
Meets with WGSS 3998-005 & ECON 2498-001

Theories and measurement of gender inequality. Policy questions include gender inequality in political representation, economic opportunities, access to education, and health.

HRTS 3298 002 Variable Topics: Law, Culture and Society
Wilson
Tu 12:15pm- 3:15pm
Meets with ANTH 3098-003

Examines legal cultures around the world, drawing from legal anthropology and law and society approaches. Key topics include criminal justice, colonial legal institutions, human rights, race and gender and the law, and hate speech. The course will be useful for students who want to understand how law is a model of society and for society and for those students considering law school.

HRTS 3298 005 Variable Topics: Syrian Refugees Crisis: Politics, Ethics and Human Rights
Eyadat
Tu 3:30pm-6:00pm
Meets with POLS 2998-001

Syrian Refugees Crisis: Politics, Ethics and Human Rights

HRTS 3299 Independent Study

Supervised reading and writing on a subject of special interest to the student.

HRTS 3326 Global Health and Human Rights
Abadia-Barrero
Tu/Th 9:30am- 10:45am
Meets with ANTH 3098-001

The interconnected fields of global health and human rights, and their core assumptions, current dilemmas, and key debates. Class meets in HBL.

HRTS 3430 Evaluating Human Rights Practices of Countries
Richards
Th 6:30pm- 9:00pm
Meets with POLS 3430-001

Examination of the ways in which governments, businesses, NGOs, IGOs, and scholars assess which human rights are being respected by governments of the world. Hands-on experience in rating the level of government respect for human rights in countries around the world.

HRTS 3631 – Literature, Culture, and Humanitarianism
Coundouriotis
M/W/F 10:10am- 11:00am
Meets with ENGL 3631

Relationships between literature and culture and humanitarian movements, from the eighteenth century to the present.

HRTS 4291 Service Learning Seminar/Internship

Fr 10:10am- 11:10am

Combination of internship work within the larger human rights community with regular classroom meetings for reflection/analysis on the application of human rights concepts and practices. Includes the production of a written/media portfolio of semester’s work.

+Spring 2016 Undergraduate Course Offerings

HRTS 2263 001/002/003 Women and Violence (Formerly offered as HRTS 3263.)

Section 01: Lovelace, Tu/Th 11:00am – 12:15pm
Section 02: Lovelace, Tu/Th 12:30pm-1:45pm
Section 03: Olsen, M/W/F 12:20pm-1:10pm

Discussion of violence against women in the U.S. and globally, including close examination of various forms of interpersonal and structural violence as well as the social, political and personal meanings of violence.

HRTS 3149W 001 Human Rights Through Film
Richards
Tu 2:00pm – 4:30pm

Human rights-related issues explored via the cinematic medium. Both the substantive content and the technical aspects of the films will be analyzed through a combination of lecture, viewing, and group discussion.

HRTS 3201 001 The History of Human Rights
Janco
Tu/Th 11:00am-12:15pm

Historical and theoretical survey of the evolution of human rights since 1945.

HRTS 3202 001 International Human Rights
Omara-Otunnu
Tu/Th 12:30pm – 1:45pm

Historical and theoretical survey of the evolution of human rights since 1945.

HRTS 3209 001 Sustainable Energy 21st Century
Bayulgen
Tu/Th 11:00am-12:15pm

Political, socioeconomic, environmental, science and engineering challenges of energy sources; comparison of feasibility and sustainability of energy policies around the world.

HRTS 3219W 001 Topics in Philosophy and Human Rights
Killmister
Tu/Th 11:00am-12:15pm

In this course we will critically examine arguments for the existence and importance of Indigenous and minority rights. Some of the questions we will consider include: How, if at all, can we justify differential treatment on the basis of ethnicity or culture? What specific rights might groups have (i.e. self-determination, affirmative action, language rights)? How should we adjudicate conflicts between group rights and individual rights?

HRTS 3221 Latinos/as and Human Rights
Melendez-Badillo
M/W/F 10:10am-11:00am

Latino/a issues related to human, civil and cultural rights, and gender differences.

HRTS 3295 Corporate Social Impact and Responsibility
Kaeb
M/W 3:30pm-4:45pm

Social impact and human rights implications related to global operations of multinational corporations; regulatory environment and competitive context that govern responsible business conduct on a global scale, how to navigate regulatory mandates and design social responsibility strategies to increase a firm’s reputation, reduce costs, and improve its competitive positioning while respecting human rights principles.

*Registration for course will be available on student admin in early November

HRTS 3254 001 Business Solutions to Societal Changes
Kaeb
M/W 5:00pm-6:15pm

Market-based solutions to social and human rights challenges; how companies create value both for society and business, including role of for-profit businesses as agents for positive social impact in changing legal, regulatory, policy, and market environments. Regulatory and business strategies for long-term economic viability, sustainability, and human rights. Social innovation, statutory benefit corporations, corporate social certifications, social investment, shared value, strategic philanthropy, and business opportunities serving emerging markets.

*Registration for course will be available on student admin in early November

HRTS 3256W 001 Politics and Human Rights in Global Supply Chains
Hertel
W 6:00pm-8:30pm

Political and human rights implications of regulating contemporary global supply chains: official regulatory frameworks; non-regulatory approaches to rule-making (such as voluntary corporate codes of conduct and industry standards); social responses to the dilemmas of “ethical” sourcing of goods and services.

HRTS 3298 001 Variable Topics: Governance, Development and Human Rights
Abebe
Tu/Th 2:00pm – 3:15pm

This seminar will examine governance and development in sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on topics of institutional development, good governance, democratization, human rights, globalization and regional integration efforts. Students will critically analyze the opportunities and challenges of sustainable development and governance issues in sub-Saharan Africa and compare and contrast the African context with development and governance patterns in the global north.

HRTS 3298 002 Variable Topics: Community Engaged Writing for Human Rights
Janco
W 3:35pm – 6:05pm
In this course students will write and create content for Warscapes an independent online magazine that provides a lens into current conflicts across the world. To facilitate this work, students will read and discuss a variety of war writings, including war literature and war journalism. Articles, poetry and literature from Warscapes will provide insights into the magazine’s mission, design and theory of change. Weekly writing assignments will be evaluated through open review for development into potentially publishable blog entries, book reviews or analyses of human rights-related data and reports. As a service learning course, students will create content for our partners in Warscapes and participate in an ongoing cycle of learning, experience and reflection.

HRTS 3298 003 Variable Topics: Understanding Testimonial Literature
Gebelein
Tu/Th 12:30pm- 1:45pm

Narratives of protest and resistance in North, Central and South America. This course focuses on the literary criticism of testimonial literature (John Beverley, George Yúdice, Shoshana Felman, Fredric Jameson, etc.) and applies its theories broadly to a variety of genres, such as prison literature, slave narratives, "whistle-blower" novels, the poetry of Central American revolutions, and autobiographical accounts of human rights abuses. Reading knowledge of Spanish is helpful but not required.

HRTS 3298 004 Variable Topics: Islam and Human Rights
Eyadat
Mo 10:10am – 12:40pm
In recent decades, the rise in violence and human rights violations committed by extremist Islamist actors, or actors who do not identify as Islamist but hold Islamic affiliations, have contributed to the conflation of extremist Islamism and Islam itself. With most of the Western media attention focused on religious and sectarian conflicts in the region, negative feelings towards Islamism have extended towards Islam. This course sheds light on Islam and its relationship with human rights and the main approaches shaping this debate. It addresses this relationship from the perspectives of both the international human rights communities and the religious "Muslim" scholars' communities. The course highlights the study of human rights in Islamic theorizing, while examining the current human rights conditions in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) countries as "Muslim states."

HRTS 3298 005 Variable Topics: Science, Technology and Politics
Scruggs
Tu/Th 2:00pm-3:15pm
In this class we will examine the relationship between science and technology and role of the public. What does the public generally know or think about major contemporary issues in science and technology? Has their understanding or interaction changed over time, and why? What rights do members of the public have to know, direct, and benefit from the pursuit of scientific knowledge, and to be protected from its side effects? The course will focus on contemporary issues in science and politics, like climate change, genetically modified organisms, and the health effects of vaccines, in the United States and Europe, but we will also visit longer historical timeframes and broader international implications.

HRTS 3298(6) In Performance: Speak Truth to Power
Tycer
Mo/We 9:30-10:45 am
Taught with DRAM 3138 - 003- Trends in Contemporary Theatre.

Applying theatrical performance practice to human rights issues through an in depth exploration of the documentary book, Speak Truth to Power. Acting, improvisation and collaboration.

HRTS 3299 Independent Study

HRTS 3573 Asian Indian Women: Activism &Social Change in India and the U.S.
Purkayastha
Tu/Th 9:30am – 10:45am

How gender, class and ethnicity/race structure everyday lives of Asian Indian women in both India and the United States.

HRTS 3619 001 Literature and Human Rights
Winter
Tu/Th 2:00pm-3:15pm

Study of literature from various historical periods and nationalities concerned with defining, exploring, and critiquing the idea of universal human rights.

HRTS 3807 001 Constitutional Rights & Liberties
Yalof
Tu/Th 9:30am-10:45am

The role of the Supreme Court in interpreting the Bill of Rights. Topics include freedoms of speech and religion, criminal due process, and equal protection.

HRTS 3831 001 Human Rights in United States
Glasberg
Tu/Th 8:00am – 9:15am

Sociological analyses of human rights issues in the United States, including economic, racial, and gender justice; prisoner’s rights and capital punishment; the role of the United States in international human rights agreements and treaties; and struggles on behalf of human rights.

HRTS 3835 001 Refugees and Humanitarianism
Holzer
M/W/F 10:10am – 11:00am

Social and political challenges of living as a refugee and working in humanitarian settings. Refugee camps, the institutional development of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and alternative approaches to sanctuary.

HRTS 4291 001 Service Learning Seminar/Internship
Fr 10:10am – 11:10am
Combination of internship work within the larger human rights community with regular classroom meetings for reflection/analysis on the application of human rights concepts and practices. Includes the production of a written/media portfolio of semester’s work.

HRTS 4996W Senior Thesis

Research and writing of major project exploring a topic with human rights, with close supervision and production of multiple written drafts.

+Fall 2015 Human Rights Undergraduate Course Offerings

HRTS 1007 - Introduction to Human Rights
Janco
M/W 2:30pm – 3:45pm Exploration of central human rights institutions, selected human rights themes and political controversies, and key political challenges of contemporary human rights advocacy.
HRTS 2263 Women and Violence
Olsen
M/W/F 11:15am – 12:05pm
Discussion of violence against women in the U.S. and globally, including close examination of various forms of interpersonal and structural violence as well as the social, political and personal meanings of violence.HRTS 3028W - Indigenous Rights and Aboriginal Australia
Dussart
Th 9:00AM - 11:30AMAn introduction to the study and understanding of Aboriginal ways of life and thought. An exploration of the complexity of contemporary indigenous social orders and land rights issues.
HRTS 3139 - Theatre & Human Rights
English
Provides a critical study of theatre production as political discourse in global areas of conflict and how that discourse defines, or is defined by, human rights issues.\HRTS 3149W Human Rights Through Film
Janco
We 4:00pm – 6:30pmHuman rights-related issues explored via the cinematic medium. Both the substantive content and the technical aspects of the films will be analyzed through a combination of lecture, viewing, and group discussion.HRTS 3207 - Genocide after the Second World War
Gilligan
M/W 7:35AM - 8:50AMOrigins of the 1948 Genocide Convention. Several case studies of genocide post WWII: Cambodia, Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, and Darfur. Causes and underlying dynamics of genocide with an emphasis on the international response. Critical evaluation of military, political, and non-governmental measures to prevent genocidal acts.HRTS 3212 - Comparative Perspectives on Human Rights
Hertel
M/W/F 10:10AM - 11:00AMCultural difference and human rights in areas of legal equality, women’s rights, political violence, criminal justice, religious pluralism, global security, and race relations.HRTS 3220 - Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights
Killmister
M/W/F 1:25PM - 2:15PMOntology and epistemology of human rights investigated through contemporary and/or historical texts.HRTS 3295 Special Topics : International Human Rights Law
Land
Tu/Th 11:00AM - 12:15PMInternational and regional human rights law, institutions, and regimes; specialized topics include corporate social responsibility, women’s human rights, truth commissions, humanitarian intervention, international criminal law, monitoring, and compliance.HRTS 3298 (Section – 001) Variable Topics: The Economics of Gender & Inequality
Prakash
Tu/Th 2:00PM - 3:15PMHRTS 3298 (Section – 002) Variable Topics: Human Rights in Latin America
Martinez
Tu/Th 2:00PM - 3:15PMHRTS 3298 (Section – 003) Variable Topics: Global Health & Human Rights
Abadia-Barrero
Tu/Th 9:30AM - 10:45AMHRTS 3298 (Section – 003) Variable Topics: Human Rights Education
Mitoma
Tu/Th 9:30AM - 10:45AMDesigned for students of education and human rights, this interdisciplinary course will explore the principles and practices of Human Rights Education (HRE), consider approaches to teaching and learning within the HRE framework, and consider the issues and politics connected with conducting human rights education in different settings. In this course, student will have the opportunity to unpack the concept of human rights and its connection to education both theoretically and in international law; examine the three dimensions of human rights education—education about human rights, education for human rights, and education through human rights—and their significance for educational policies and practice. Students will also analyze the role of human rights education in different contexts (such as post-conflict societies) and with different learner constituencies (such as police); consider a variety of educational issues in the US from a human rights perspective, including school equality and disciplinary policies; and evaluate the human rights conditions of education at the University of Connecticut.HRTS 3299 Independent StudySupervised reading and writing on a subject of special interest to the student.HRTS 3429 - Sociological Perspectives on Poverty
Cazenave
Tu/Th 2:00PM - 3:15PMPoverty in the U.S. and abroad, its roots, and strategies to deal with it.HRTS 3430 - Evaluating Human Rights Practices of Countries
Richards
Tu/Th 11:00AM - 12:15PMExamination of the ways in which governments, businesses, NGOs, IGOs, and scholars assess which human rights are being respected by governments of the world. Hands-on experience in rating the level of government respect for human rights in countries around the world.HRTS 3631 - Literature, Culture, and Humanitarianism
Coundouriotis
M/W/F 10:10AM - 11:00AMRelationships between literature and culture and humanitarian movements, from the eighteenth century to the present.
HRTS 4291 Service Learning Seminar/Internship
Crawford
Fr 10:10am – 11:10am

Combination of internship work within the larger human rights community with regular classroom meetings for reflection/analysis on the application of human rights concepts and practices. Includes the production of a written/media portfolio of semester’s work.

HRTS 4996W Senior Thesis

Research and writing of major project exploring a topic with human rights, with close supervision and production of multiple written drafts.

 

+Spring 2015 Undergraduate Course Offerings

HRTS 2263 Women and Violence
Lovelace
M/W/F 9:05am – 9:55am Discussion of violence against women in the U.S. and globally, including close examination of various forms of interpersonal and structural violence as well as the social, political and personal meanings of violence.HRTS 3149W Human Rights Through Film
Janco
We 4:00pm – 6:30pmHuman rights-related issues explored via the cinematic medium. Both the substantive content and the technical aspects of the films will be analyzed through a combination of lecture, viewing, and group discussion.HRTS 3202 International Human Rights
Omara-Otunnu
Tu/Th 12:30pm – 1:45pm Laurel Hall Room: 109Historical and theoretical survey of the evolution of human rights since 1945.HRTS 3207 Genocide after Second World War
Gilligan
Tu/Th 8:00am – 9:15am F. L. Castleman -Eng Room: 201Origins of the 1948 Genocide Convention. Several case studies of genocide post WWII: Cambodia, Rwanda, the former Yugoslavia, and Darfur. Causes and underlying dynamics of genocide with an emphasis on the international response. Critical evaluation of military, political, and non-governmental measures to prevent genocidal acts.HRTS 3295 Special Topics : Corporate Sustainability and Human Rights
Kaeb
M/W 5:00pm – 6:15pmThis course addresses human rights issues related to global operations of multinational corporations across different industry sectors. The class examines corporations as members of the international legal system and the regulatory landscape that governs business and human rights conduct on a global scale. Students will study corporate sustainability practices as a function of corporate citizenship, risk management and competitive advantage. The course uses case studies to provide a portfolio of tools to ensure corporate compliance with human rights standards, including judicial remedies, reporting mechanisms, self-regulation, multi-stakeholder collaborations, impact assessments, as well as ‘inclusive’ business strategies.HRTS 3298 (Section – 001) Variable Topics: Governance, Development and Human Rights
Abebe
Tu/Th 2:00pm - 3:15pmThis seminar will examine governance and development in sub-Saharan Africa, focusing on topics of institutional development, good governance, democratization, human rights, globalization and regional integration efforts. Students will critically analyze the opportunities and challenges of sustainable development and governance issues in sub-Saharan Africa and compare and contrast the African context with development and governance patterns in the global north.HRTS 3298 (Section – 002) Variable Topics: Humanitarianism and War
Janco
M/W 2:30pm - 3:45pmIn this course, students will gain a critical and historically informed understanding of the modern laws of war, humanitarianism and efforts to preserve human rights in times of armed conflict. We will study the history of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) as well as the use of armed force in humanitarian relief efforts, peacekeeping and humanitarian interventions. Using primary texts, we will outline the historical development of rights protections for wounded soldiers, prisoners of war, insurgents and civilians in war. Are laws “silent in war” (as claimed by Cicero) or can laws meaningfully govern the conduct of war? What are the strategic benefits and weaknesses of following laws in war? Finally, why do armed forces continue to manipulate the laws of armed conflict or deliberately commit war crimes and crimes against humanity?HRTS 3298 (Section – 004) Variable Topics: Right to Health In Latin America
Abadia
Mo 1:00pm – 3:45pmThis course will provide students with historical, social and public health dimensions of the right to health in Latin America. In particular, we will introduce the students to the Latin American Social Medicine (LASM) tradition, which is a political, academic and action-based social movement in health with strong ties to academic sectors. Specifically, the course is divided into four sections and covers Health as a Human Right in Latin America, Health and Population Control, Social Welfare States to Neoliberalism, and Latin America Social Movement in Action. The course methodology follows a seminar style, which requires extensive reading, active class participation, and a final paper.HRTS 3299 Independent StudySupervised reading and writing on a subject of special interest to the student.HRTS 3428 The Politics of Torture
Richards
M/W/F 11:00am - 12:15pmExamination of the usage of torture by state and non-state actors. Questions include, “Why is torture perpetrated?” “What domestic and international legal frameworks and issues related to the use of torture?” “How effective are existing legal prohibitions and remedies?” “Who tortures?” and “How does torture affect transitional justice?”HRTS 3573 Asian Indian Women: Activism &Social Change in India and the U.S.
Purkayastha
Tu/Th 9:30am - 10:45amHow gender, class and ethnicity/race structure everyday lives of Asian Indian women in both India and the United States.HRTS 3801 Political Sociology
Reyes
M/W/F 12:20pm - 1:10pmSocial analysis of power, democracy and voting, society and the state, and political economy.HRTS 3807 Constitutional Rights & Liberties
Bergendahl
M/W/F 1:25pm - 2:15pmThe role of the Supreme Court in interpreting the Bill of Rights. Topics include freedoms of speech and religion, criminal due process, and equal protection.HRTS 3831 Human Rights in United States
Glasberg
Tu/Th 8:00am - 9:15amSociological analyses of human rights issues in the United States, including economic, racial, and gender justice; prisoner’s rights and capital punishment; the role of the United States in international human rights agreements and treaties; and struggles on behalf of human rights.HRTS 3835 Refugees and Humanitarianism
Warren
M/W/F 9:05am - 9:55amSocial and political challenges of living as a refugee and working in humanitarian settings with a focus on refugee camps, institutional development of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and alternative approaches to refuge.HRTS 4291 Service Learning Seminar/Internship
Crawford
Fr 10:10am - 11:10amCombination of internship work within the larger human rights community with regular classroom meetings for reflection/analysis on the application of human rights concepts and practices. Includes the production of a written/media portfolio of semester’s work.HRTS 4996W Senior ThesisResearch and writing of major project exploring a topic with human rights, with close supervision and production of multiple written drafts.