IHP Human Rights: Foundations, Challenges, and Advocacy
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Investigate the history of the human rights movement, the state of human rights protections, and future prospects and challenges across four national contexts.
This newly launched program will examine the following fundamental questions: What rights are common to all human beings? How are these rights enshrined, exercised, and safeguarded?
The program will spend time in four different countries. This comparative approach will highlight cultural variations in individual rights related to political freedoms and expression, underrepresented minority groups, and gender equity.
Major topics of study will include:
- Foundations and frameworks: 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights; evolution of the modern human rights movement
- Human rights and globalization: labor standards and conditions; migration; accountability of multinational corporations
- Current challenges: conflicts between national sovereignty and human rights
- Conflicts between international and national policy
- Core tenets of constitutive cultures and human identity
- The role of civil society: particularly grassroots movements and NGOs
Students will interact with academics, individual activists, members of civil society organizations, and officials of adjudicating institutions as they focus on the practical aspects of advocating and safeguarding human rights.
A course in fieldwork ethics and research methods will equip students with knowledge about how to gather, analyze, and interpret information from a range of primary sources. Review all coursework.
Duration: Fall or Spring, 17 weeks
New York, NY, USA; Kathmandu, Nepal; Amman, Jordan; Santiago, Chile Read more...
Prerequisites: Coursework in social sciences (anthropology, history, economics, sociology, and/or political science). Learn More...
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