This course explores the United States’ ambivalent embrace of international human rights. It first examines the political forces and historic events that fostered our reluctance to embrace human rights principles at home and for ourselves abroad while actively (albeit selectively) championing human rights around the world. It then considers the tensions and dilemmas this state of affairs creates for the United States, both for our pursuit of social justice at home and our capacity to participate in international affairs.
The Junior Seminars are intense writing seminars which focus on the research area of the faculty member teaching the course. The seminars provide an opportunity for students to have direct intellectual interactions with faculty members which also giving the students and understanding for faculty research.
This junior seminar falls within the International Relations sub-field and can fulfill an upper division requirement for the major.