Spring 2024 Human Rights GU4880 section 001

HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE UNITED STATES

HUMAN RIGHTS IN THE UNITE

Call Number 11352
Day & Time
Location
M 4:10pm-6:00pm
707 Hamilton Hall
Points 3
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Joy L Chia
Type SEMINAR
Method of Instruction In-Person
Course Description

The United States has a long complex relationship with the international human rights system. Although its founding was grounded in fundamental norms of inalienable rights, equality and freedom, U.S. history is characterized by divisive and sometimes violent disagreements about who counts as human, what is fundamental to the human condition, and which/how rights should be protected. How has this history contributed to our contemporary struggles? Through engaging with issues related to racial justice, criminal justice, reproductive justice, disability justice, gender justice, and indigenous people’s rights, students are asked to consider how certain rights are sites of contestation within the U.S. political system and within U.S. society.

This course offers a multidisciplinary survey of urgent contemporary human rights issues in the United States and seeks to advance students’ skills to examine human rights research and analysis through intersectional approaches. Part of the inquiry of this course is ensuring that students understand existing tensions among several key concepts (1) human rights as a body of international human rights law and institutions; (2) human rights movements using human rights discourse to further their aspirations; (3) constitutional rights in the U.S. as interpreted by U.S. courts that may or may not allude to/be contained in international law; and (4) political rhetoric that use the language of “rights” for political ends.

Coursework will ground current human rights debates in their social, legal, and political contexts. It will outline the different actors in the human rights landscape, focusing on mobilization strategies of human rights movements and the policy reforms that they seek to advance human rights agendas. Students will engage with legal cases and legislation in the United States. By the end of this course, you should expect to be able to:

  1. Understand critical human rights issues in the United States, and apply international and domestic human rights principles and practice to these contemporary human rights debates;
  2. Understand the role of social movements in shaping narratives around human rights;
  3. Analyze (through case studies) the real-life application and effects of human rights policies, as well as how they contribute to the promotion, progressive enforcement, and internalization of international human rights.
Web Site Vergil
Department Institute for Study of Human Rights
Enrollment 12 students (22 max) as of 3:06PM Saturday, July 20, 2024
Subject Human Rights
Number GU4880
Section 001
Division Interfaculty
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Section key 20241HRTS4880W001