Spring 2024 Human Rights BC3851 section 001

Human Rights & Public Health: Advanced S


Call Number 00028
Day & Time
T 12:10pm-2:00pm
502 Diana Center
Points 4
Grading Mode Standard
Approvals Required None
Instructor Widney Brown
Course Description

As we face the triple threats of inequalities, climate change, and a pandemic, the dignity and well-being of many people are under attack or at imminent risk.  Exploring several specific issues through the lens of human rights principles and public health standards will provide students with a strong analytic framework for understanding the challenges of and potential for systemic change to address these threats.  Specifically, we will be looking at disparate health impacts and how to understand what drives the disparities; intellectual property laws and how they apply during a global crisis; the double-edged sword of digital technology particularly as it applies to health surveillance; the strengths and weaknesses of a biomedical model dominating the public health discourse; and, the politization of health policy. Specifically, we will explore systems of oppression that drive inequalities and lead to disparate health outcomes; the lack of a transnational accountability framework to address both climate change and the rights of those most impacted by it; and how a corporate-driven intellectual property regime has put access to essential medicines, including vaccines, beyond the reach of people living in poverty.  Finally, looking at reports ripped from the headlines, we will look at how the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown open the door to widespread digital surveillance with few safeguards to protect privacy rights or to address the biases in many of the algorithms driving this technology.

Web Site Vergil
Department Human Rights (HRTB)
Enrollment 20 students (23 max) as of 5:05PM Wednesday, July 24, 2024
Subject Human Rights
Number BC3851
Section 001
Division Barnard College
Section key 20241HRTS3851X001