GOVT 3887 International Human Rights in Theory and Practice
This course will introduce students to the law, theory, and practice of international human rights. Students will think critically about the effectiveness of the international human rights system by examining its successes, failures, and dilemmas in preventing and responding to human rights abuse. Topics covered will include the origins and foundations of international human rights; the role of international, regional, and domestic institutions and actors in enforcing human rights; critiques of the human rights movement; and the relationship of the United States to the international system for the protection of human rights. The course will also explore issues such as the death penalty, women’s human rights, migration, climate change, global poverty, racism and xenophobia, and responses to mass atrocities. During in-class activities, students will have the opportunity to step into the shoes of a human rights advocate and work with their classmates to address simulated human rights problems.
Winter 2024: Online course
|Section ID:||GOVT 3887 001-LEC|
|Session:||3-week Winter session|
|Class dates:||January 2-19, 2024|
|Final exam/project due:||Friday January 19, 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM / Online (see Final exams)|
|Time / room:||M-F 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM / Online |
WR 12 PM - 1 PM / Online
|Mode of instruction:||Online (async+sync)|
|Instructor:||Brundige, E. (eb456)|
|Notes:||Students should expect to spend approximately 10 hours outside of published class times to watch pre-recorded videos, participate in online discussion boards, and collaborate in small groups.|
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This course is open to all registrants, including undergraduates and precollege students.
|Tuition & fees:||See Tuition for Online Courses|
"As our time at Cornell came to an end, a few of my friends and I ... decided to form an organization, Fight for Human Rights, through which we could share our experiences, write articles and opinion pieces, and even empower other teenagers looking to partake in similar actions in their respective communities. I am thrilled to be part of something so constructive, and I look forward to bringing change, even if it is small, to my own community."