University of Chicago faculty have developed an unsurpassed array of courses which approach human rights from a variety of disciplinary, regional, and thematic perspectives. The Human Rights Program courses reflect its interdisciplinary nature and are taught by faculty from Anthropology, History, Philosophy, and Political Science, as well as the Divinity, Law and Medical Schools and the School of Social Service Administration. Human Rights courses are open to all University of Chicago students. Students wishing to pursue a systematic study of human rights are encouraged to take the core sequence: Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights (Human Rights I), History and Theory of Human Rights (Human Rights II), and Contemporary Issues in Human Rights (Human Rights III). Courses offered by the faculty provide an opportunity for in-depth study of various human rights issues.
Recent courses include the following:
- Armed Conflict and Humanitarian Intervention
- Human Rights: Alien and Citizen
- Human Rights in Mexico
- Worker Rights in the Global Economy
- Human Rights: An Anthropological Perspective
- the French Revolution and Human Rights
- Health Care and Human Rights
Faculty Course Development Grants for 2013-14
The Human Rights Program wishes to announce the availability of grants to faculty for the development of new courses (or the substantial redesign of existing courses) to be cross-listed in the Human Rights Program for 2013-14. The grants (at $2,600 each) are made possible by the generosity of Richard and Ann Pozen. Grants may be used for course development work over the summer and may be spent on materials, employment of a research assistant, travel, or other justifiable expenditures in line with University rules.
Courses may be developed for College students, graduate or professional students. We are particularly interested in courses for College students, but encourage submissions by faculty from all departments and the professional schools.
"What is a Human Rights course?" you may ask. A Human Rights course is not simply any course on any topic related to human beings or human suffering. Nor are Human Rights courses restricted to courses which include direct references to international human rights treaties and norms. Last year's course development grants were awarded to faculty from Comparative Literature, History, Human Development, Medicine, Philosophy, Social Services Administration, and Sociology. We encourage you to be creative. For inspiration, we encourage you to look at current and past Human Rights courses at: http://humanrights.uchicago.edu/curriculum.shtml
Course proposals, including a short description of the course aims, goals, and content, should be submitted by February 1, 2013, to Susan Gzesh (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a copy to Sarah Moberg (email@example.com).
Minor Program in Human Rights
The minor program in Human Rights is an interdisciplinary plan of study that provides students the opportunity to become familiar with theoretical, historical, and comparative perspectives on human rights. The flexibility of this course of study complements majors in any of the disciplines. A minor in Human Rights will provide a background for graduate study in an appropriate discipline where scholarship can focus on human rights, or in careers which incorporate human rights advocacy, including journalism, filmmaking, the practice of law or medicine, teaching, policy analysis, or service in government or intergovernmental entities.
The minor requires five courses. At least two of the courses must be selected from the three Human Rights core courses (HMRT 20100, 20200, 20300). The remaining courses can be selected from among the Human Rights core and approved upper-level Human Rights courses. Students wishing to pursue a minor in Human Rights must receive the program adviser's approval of the minor program on a form obtained from their College adviser and returned to the College adviser by the end of Spring Quarter of their third year. (The deadline for students graduating in June or in August 2009 is Friday of first week of Spring Quarter 2009.)
No courses in the minor can be double counted with the student's major(s) or with other minors; nor can they be counted toward general education requirements. They must be taken for quality grades. More than half of the requirements for the minor must be met by registering for courses bearing University of Chicago course numbers.
The Human Rights Program is pleased to announce a competition for Human Rights Graduate Lectureships for the 2013-14 academic year.
Deadline: Monday, April 8, 2013 by 5:00 PM
The Human Rights Program is calling for applications by advanced graduate students to teach one undergraduate Human Rights course of their own design. The course should deal with human rights from a disciplinary, thematic, or regional perspective. For an overview of Human Rights courses taught in the past several years, see: Curriculum. The course can be taught in any of the three quarters of the 2013-14 academic year.
We invite applications from all interested Ph.D. students in the Humanities and Social Sciences Division. Successful applicants in the past have come from the Departments of Philosophy, History, Anthropology, Political Science, Sociology, and the Divinity School. A committee of faculty from the Human Rights Program Faculty Board will select the winners. Graduate lecturers will receive $5,000 for the individual undergraduate course they will teach in the College. This fellowship is for one quarter only. Only University of Chicago advanced doctoral students are eligible to apply. Three Human Rights Graduate Lectureships will be awarded.
Applications consist of the following:
- The application form including full contact information;
- Your current CV, including names of your dissertation committee members;
- A course title, a course description including student learning goals (skills and knowledge), a draft (or outline) syllabus which includes major assignments with grade % indicated, and a partial or complete reading list. (See the following course design tutorials for help in describing student learning goals and course construction.) Carleton College's Cutting Edge Course Design Tutorial and Brown University's "Constructing a Syllabus" handbook.
- One letter of recommendation from a faculty member familiar with your scholarly work or experience as a TA or instructor.
- Submit all materials online by 5 p.m. on Monday, April 8, 2013 to: Sarah Moberg - with "Graduate Lectureship Competition 2013-2014" in the subject line. Reference letters, addressed to the Graduate Lectureship Selection Committee, should be emailed separately by the sender to Sarah Moberg
Successful applicants will be notified in late May.
For questions, please contact Sarah Patton Moberg, Program Manager, firstname.lastname@example.org, 773-834-0957.