Human Rights and Global Politics
General Catalog Course Title:
Human Rights and Global Politics
Terms Offered:
Spring 2016
Spring 2015
Spring 2013
Spring 2012
Spring 2011
Spring 2010

After WWII, we witnessed a "revolution" in human rights theory, practice, and institution building. The implications of viewing individuals as equal and endowed with certain rights is potentially far reaching as in the declaration that individuals hold many of those rights irrespective of the views of their government. Yet, we also live in a world of sovereign states with sovereign state's rights. We see everyday a clash between the rights of the individual and lack of duty to fulfill those rights when an individual's home state is unwilling or unable to do so. After introducing the idea of human rights, its historic development, and various international human rights mechanisms, this course will ask what post-intervention, international crimincal justice, U.S. foreign policy, immigration, and economic rights. Looking in-depth at these five areas, we will ask how ideas about human rights, laws about human rights, and institutions to protect human rights have on how states and other global actors act, and how individuals have fared.

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