Human Rights Syllabi
The University of Connecticut has collected a comprehensive set of syllabi on teaching human rights.
The History and Politics of Humanitarian and Security Organisations
This course at the Graduate Institute of Geneva is an interdisciplinary seminar on the history and policies of humanitarianism and security.
The History of Human Rights
This MIT seminar considers the history of human rights and human rights discourse through anthropology and legal philosophy as well as historical case studies of individual states and human rights organizations.
Theories of Human Rights
This political science course at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign explores the history and evolution of the term 'human rights' and theories surrounding it. It is based mainly on primary sources.
Peace and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century
This world history seminar at Indiana University examines peace and anti-war movements throughout the twentieth century and ends with a consideration of the UN and NGOs in promoting human rights and conflict resolution.
Human Rights and World Politics
This Harvard University syllabus from 2000 analyzes the expansion, emergence and enforcement of the international human rights world.
The Global Politics of Human Rights
After examining several historical transgressions of human rights, this Stanford University course considers the construction of an international human rights regime.
Human Rights and Global Change
This course from the University of San Francisco introduces students to the literature on international law, human rights and global politics.
Human Rights and Crimes Against Humanity
This Florida State University course involves a critical multidisciplinary examination of human rights and crimes against humanity from the perspectives of history and ethics, social psychology and political theory, and criminological theory. It mainly focuses on Nazi crimes.
Human Rights and Foreign Policy
This University of Denver, Colorado syllabus addresses human rights in the context of foreign policy, focusing on United States foreign policy in the post-Cold War era.
Human Rights and Intervention
This Monterey Institute of International Studies, Graduate School of International Policy Studies course considers abuses and injustices, particularly those worsened by post-Cold War trends, through a human rights perspective.
Human Rights Politics and Policy
This Duquesne University, Pittsburgh course examines the philosophical, legal and moral foundations of human rights and evaluates the enforcement of human rights policies.
Human Rights Education
This syllabus at University of San Francisco School of Education presents four case studies to analyze the concept of human rights and to understand the UN and NGOs' roles in defending them.
This University of Hawaii course studies the working of human rights systems by considering the human right to food and nutrition.
Medicine, Human Rights and the Physician
This Harvard University Medical School course from 1998 analyzes the links between health and human rights, including a few weeks on the historical perspective. It also examines the role of the physician in uncovering human rights abuses.
Health and Human Rights in the Law
This St. Thomas University School of Law course analyzes the relationship between modern concepts of health and human rights from an international perspective and examines legal issues arising from these intersections.
Human Rights and the Body in Law and the Humanities
This interdisciplinary course (law, literature, film) at Florida State University studies the historical development of the idea of human rights in both western and non-western traditions and then critically examines contemporary human rights. A specific case study focuses on immigrant women and children.
European Human Rights Regime
This syllabus at the European Inter-University Center, Venice, Italy provides readings on human rights within Europe, looking at intergovernmental and nongovernmental organizations.
Labor and International Human Rights
This Florida State University seminar on international employment issues examines global trends and the ILO's role in labor management.
Refugees, Displaced Persons and Exiles
This Michigan State University course from 1997 focuses on contemporary refugee problems, including many involving the UN.
Women and/in the UN
This Central European University seminar syllabus examines how women became integral to the UN's agenda and provides a wide variety of excellent readings on women and the UN. The course also analyzes how 'women's rights' became 'human rights.'
Women, Law and Human Rights
This seminar at the University of Oslo Faculty of Law examines various legal cases and UN resolutions to analyze the intersection between women's economic, political and human rights and the law.
Studies in Comparative Genocides
This Florida State University syllabus, drawn up by an expert on the Nazi regime, considers historical, theoretical and legal issues surrounding genocide since its definition as a crime by the UN in 1948.
Genocide and Human Rights
This College of New Jersey course provides a multidisciplinary introduction to genocide and human rights by studying the history of the idea of human rights, genocidal events, and finally, approaching the question of how to prevent future genocides.
Human Rights and Religion
This Claremont Graduate University School of Theology course examines the relationship between ideas of human rights and religion.
Literature and Human Rights
This Columbia University course considers both legal and literary texts on situations in which rights are at stake to gain a deeper understanding of concepts such as "torture," "freedom of expression," and "due process."
The Literature of Human Rights
This Florida State University literature course analyzes a range of films and novels along with international public policy discourses, critical theory, political philosophy, human rights reports, legal briefings, UN documents, literary criticism, and other kinds of discourses that touch on the question of contemporary human rights.