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Spring 2022 Pre-College Prog: Human Rights PS0104 section D01
Human Rights in the 21st Century: Challe
Human Rights Internationa

Call Number 14144
Day & Time
U 1:00pm-3:00pm
Points 0
Grading Mode Ungraded
Approvals Required None
Instructor Lakshmi Gopal
Method of Instruction On-Line Only
Course Description Are human rights still relevant in promoting social justice and freedom in the 21st Century? Human rights law and advocacy have been central to international politics since the end of World War II. However, recent rises in authoritarianism and anti-liberal regimes have raised new questions on whether the human rights framework is still capable of addressing injustices in the modern world. This course introduces students to the law and practice of human rights as well as the challenges of enforcing rights in an international environment that has grown increasingly hostile to principles of human dignity and personal freedom. Students review the philosophical foundations of human rights and then examine human rights from two perspectives. First, the legal perspective introduces them to basic principles and rules of international law and the main international organizations and mechanisms designed for promoting and enforcing human rights. Second, they adopt the role of social scientist. We debate evidence on the effectiveness of human rights law and discuss challenges of enforcing rights in an international system in which states are not accountable to a higher authority. Students apply their new knowledge to the problems facing human rights today. Topics may include cultural relativist critiques of human rights as a Western, neo-colonialist institution, challenges from new technologies in state surveillance and autonomous weapons, and existential threats to human populations through climate change and environmental damage. The course includes asynchronous work, which students are expected to complete between class sessions.
Web Site Vergil
Department Pre-College Programs (SHSP)
Enrollment 12 students (20 max) as of 8:03AM Friday, July 1, 2022
Subject Pre-College Prog: Human Rights
Number PS0104
Section D01
Division School of Professional Studies
Campus Morningside
Note Term Dates: January 22 - March 27, 2022
Section key 20221HUMN0104KD01

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