What are human rights? Where do they originate? To whom do they apply? Human Rights in Documents will explore the evolution and applications of human rights through an examination of primary sources. From Locke to the Universal Declaration and beyond, this course will invite students to engage with the texts that have created contemporary human rights sensibility. Readings will be short and will be drawn from a variety of legal, political, cultural, and intellectual sources.
Daniel Sargent is Assistant Professor of History at the University of California, Berkeley. He received his BA from Christ's College, Cambridge in 2001 and his PhD from Harvard University in 2008. He is the author of A Superpower Transformed: The Remaking of American Foreign Relations in the 1970s (Oxford University Press, 2015) and a co-editor of The Shock of the Global: The 1970s in Perspective (Harvard University Press, 2010).
Lynsay Skiba will be a PhD graduate in 2015-16 of the University of California, Berkeley and a lecturer in the Department of History.