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Spring 2014 Human Rights G4810 section 001
RELIGION AND HUMAN RIGHTS

Call Number 77370
Day & Time
Location
R 6:10pm-8:00pm
418 International Affairs Building
Points 3
Approvals Required Department
Instructor Joseph N Chuman
Type SEMINAR
Course Description Prerequisites: the department's permission for non-HRSMA students. Email humanrightsed@columbia.edu The resurgence of religion over the past three decades has had a transformative influence globally and within nations. Religious nationalism, fundamentalism, and communalism have arisen to forcefully compete with secular democracy. With the fall of the Soviet bloc and the bilateralism of the Cold War, ethnic particularism, often of a religious character, has emerged as the locus of identity for people on all continents. These rapid changes engendered by a new, often commanding, role for religion challenge the very concept of individual and universal human rights. They raise difficult theoretical and painfully practical questions as to the preservation of individual human rights, and the relationship of democracy to religion. At the same time, recent currents such as economic globalization, the triumph of the free market, and the communications revolution promote individual autonomy, a cornerstone of human rights. There can be no doubt that religion will occupy an increasingly salient role in the social and political life of nations during the course of the 21st century. The relevance of religion to human rights in our time cannot be undervalued. The course examines the relationship of religion to human rights from several standpoints, including religion's role in abetting intolerance, religious minorities as victims of human rights violations, and religion as a framer of human rights ideals which inspire action.
Web Site CourseWorks
Department Institute for Study of Human Rights
Enrollment 14 students (20 max) as of 11:30PM Friday, October 24, 2014
Subject Human Rights
Number G4810
Section 001
Division Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Open To Columbia College, General Studies, School of Continuing Education, Global Programs, Graduate School of Arts and Science, Engineering and Applied Science: Graduate, School of the Arts, International and Public Affairs, Barnard
Campus Morningside
Note REGISTRATION PRIORITY TO HUMAN RIGHTS STUDIES M.A STUDENTS
Section key 20141HRTS4810G001

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