Current Courses

The following is a list of Human Rights (HMRT) courses and cross-listed courses for the 2014-2015 school year.

Please check the Course Catalog for a complete list of courses and requirements.

Autumn Quarter 2014
Winter Quarter 2015
Spring Quarter 2015


Autumn Quarter 2014: Human Rights Courses

Human Rights III: Contemporary Issues in Human Rights
HMRT 20300/30300

Cross-listed: HIST 29303/39303, INRE 31800, LAWS 78201, LLSO 27200
Susan Gzesh, Senior Lecturer, College; Executive Director, Pozen Family Center for Human Rights
Mon/Wed: 3:00–4:20pm
This course uses an interdisciplinary approach to analyze the application of international human rights to domestic and international issues. We present several specific case studies as a means to explore the interrelationship of human rights instruments and agencies, principles such as universalism v. cultural relativism, and the role of NGOs, film and other media in advocacy efforts. Topics will include the prohibition on torture at home and abroad, women’s rights as human rights, cultural relativism vs. universalism, and the right to health.  Students will have a mid-term paper which will lead to their final paper on a topic of their choosing.

Foundations of Human Rights
HMRT 30600

Cross-listed: HIST 67102, MAPS 30700, PHIL 31620, PLSC 31700
Adam Etinson, Lecturer in Human Rights, Pozen Family Center for Human Rights
Tue/Thu: 1:30-2:50pm
Note: graduate students only
This seminar will provide graduate students with an advanced introduction to the study of human rights, covering key debates in history, law, philosophy, political science, international relations, social science, and critical theory. As a graduate seminar, this will be a small class (capped at 20 students), and a strong emphasis will be placed on in-class discussion and debate. The course will examine cutting-edge research on topics including: the origins of human rights (Section I); the concept of human dignity (Section II); the nature and grounds of human rights (Section III); the relationship between human rights morality and law (Section IV); the legality and morality of humanitarian intervention (Section V); the feasibility and claimability of human rights (Section VI); contemporary criticisms of human rights (Section VII); human rights and the accommodation of diversity (Section VIII); and the future of human rights (Section IX).

Perpetrators, Victims, & Bystanders:  Justice after Mass Atrocities
HMRT 29505/39505

Eric Stover, Pozen Visiting Professor in Human Rights; Faculty Director of the Human Rights Center and Adjunct Professor of Law and Public Health, University of California at Berkeley
Mon/Wed: 1:30-2:50pm
This seminar will use an interdisciplinary lens to examine how war, genocide, and terrorism have affected survivors, as well as the social and psychological factors that turn ordinary men and women into perpetrators. We will study the ways in which historians, psychologists, social psychologists, anthropologists, journalists, and jurists have contributed to our understanding of wartime atrocities and their effects on individuals and society from the Holocaust to post 9/11.

Artists Look at Women and War
HMRT 29506/39506

Cross-listed: GNSE 29506/39506
Pamela Blotner, Visiting Lecturer; Visiting Professor, St. Mary’s College
Mon/Wed: 9:00-10:20am
Throughout history, women have played a number of roles in wartime.  Female warriors like Boudica, the Celtic queen who made war on Nero’s Rome and the female Ashanti army of ancient Africa have become legends. Florence Nightingale and countless other women went to the battlefront as nurses, translators, and spies.  Women have often been victims of war crimes.  Among them are the thousands of Asian women forced to be “comfort women” to Japanese troops during WWII, and the Bosnian women interred in “rape camps” during the Balkan wars of the 1990s.  More recently American women have become full-fledged members of their armed forces, serving for the first time on the battlefield. 
This cross-disciplinary course will use an historical lens to examine how artists have portrayed women in wartime, and how those portrayals have evolved over time. We will discuss whether or not visual art can serve as an advocacy tool and a deterrent to war and the crimes committed against women.  The course will include a practicum component in which students will produce a final creative work, either in visual art or writing, about an issue to which they are especially drawn.

Autumn 2014 Cross-Listed Courses

**denotes course parent

Anthropology of Disability
HMRT 25210/35210, ANTH 20405/30405, CHDV 30405, **MAPS 36900, SOSC 36900
Morris Fred, Senior Lecturer, Master of Arts Program in the Social Sciences
Thurs: 3:00–6:00pm
This seminar undertakes to explore “disability” from an anthropological perspective that recognizes it as a socially constructed concept with implications for our understanding of fundamental issues about culture, society, and individual differences. We explore a wide range of theoretical, legal, ethical, and policy issues as they relate to the experiences of persons with disabilities, their families, and advocates. The final project is a presentation on the fieldwork.

Documentary Production I 
HMRT 25106/35106, ARTV 23930/33930, **CMST 23930/33930
Judy Hoffman, Senior Lecturer, Departments of Cinema and Media Studies and Visual Arts
Wed/Fri: 10:30am–1:20pm
This class is intended to develop skills in documentary production so that students may apply for the course with Kartemquin Films in the co-production of a documentary video that will take place over winter and spring quarters.  Introduction to Documentary Production focuses on the making of independent documentary video.  Examples of various styles of documentary will be screened and discussed.  Issues embedded in the documentary genre, such as the ethics and politics of representation and the shifting lines between fact and fiction will be explored.  Pre-production methodologies, production, and post-production techniques will be taught.  Students will be expected to develop an idea for a documentary video, crews will be formed, and each crew will produce a five-minute documentary.  Students will also be expected to purchase and external hard drive.

Winter Quarter 2015: Human Rights Courses

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Winter 2015 Cross-Listed Courses

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Spring Quarter 2015: Human Rights Courses

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Spring Quarter 2015 Cross-Listed Courses

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