Fall 2017 HC 424H/431H: Human Rights and the 21st Century

Fall Term, 2017-2018

Professor: Cheyney Ryan

4 credits

  • CRN 12800: Tuesday, 14:00 – 16:50 @ PLC 248

Graduation Requirement: This class will fulfill both of the following requirements: a Social Science Colloquium and an Identity, Pluralism and Tolerance multicultural class. If you have already taken a Social Science Colloquium, this class will fulfill both of the following requirements: an Elective Colloquium and an Identity, Pluralism and Tolerance multicultural class.

We will explore the history and practice of human rights today, and their role in today's political struggles for a better world. Our focus will be both theoretical and practical: we will explore the philosophical underpinnings of human rights, as they emerged from the 20th century experience of war; and we will look at specific conflicts where they now play a role, focusing initially on conflicts around war, genocide, and economic justice.