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International Human Rights (Spring 2017)

  • Course Number: LAW-713
  • Class Number: 03395
  • Instructor: Sofia Gruskin

Course Description

This course introduces students to international human rights law, policy and practice. In this course we will learn the law and practice of human rights, but we will also explore important and emerging issues in the human rights field, as well as the role of international and domestic actors, including the U.S. government, in implementing and enforcing human rights norms and standards. We will cover some of the most vexing human rights issues of the day including the flow of, anti-terrorism efforts, the death penalty, transitional justice, women’s rights, children’s rights, gender and sexuality. The course will engage directly with global and national mechanisms of action and enforceability of human rights, approaches to preventing and addressing human rights violations, as well as the role of social movements in advocacy and driving human rights practice into new and emerging realms.  Students will learn to develop strategic thinking and action aimed at addressing the central issues in the human rights field today.   

CR/D/F grading is available only by instructor permission

Course Details

  • Unit Value: 3
  • Schedule: M 2:00 pm - 4:50 pm
  • Room Number: Room 12
  • Exam: Paper
  • Writing Requirement: Yes with submission of the Upper Division Writing Requirement Form.
  • Skills/Experiential Unit Requirement: No
  • Participation: Required and graded