Graduate Course Descriptions

The following directory lists the graduate courses which the University expects to offer, although the University in no way guarantees that all such courses will be offered in any given academic year, and reserves the right to alter the list if conditions warrant. Click on the links below for a list of courses in that subject area. You may then click “View Classes” to see scheduled classes for individual courses.

5005. Special Topics in Human Rights

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

In-depth investigation of an issue in human rights research.

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5055. Theory and Practice of International Criminal Justice

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit to students who have passed HRTS 3055.

Grading Basis: Graded

An introduction to foundational concepts of international criminal justice such as international humanitarian and criminal law, genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and aggression, and theories of individual criminal responsibility. An exploration of the complex challenges, successes, and failures of international criminal courts and tribunals.

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5095. Special Topics

1.00 - 3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

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5254. Managing the Future of Social Enterprise

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students who have passed or are taking BADM 5254.

Grading Basis: Graded

Developing and managing market-based approaches to global human rights and social issues. Strategizing how companies create value both for society and business, including role of for-profit businesses as agents for positive social impact in changing legal, regulatory, policy, and market environments. Regulatory and business strategies that serve markets and promote long-term economic viability, sustainability, and human rights. Managerial perspectives on social innovation, statutory benefit corporations, corporate social certifications, social investment, shared value, strategic philanthropy and business opportunities serving emerging markets.

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5270. History of Human Rights

Also offered as: HIST 5270

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Covers the field's classic texts, controversies, and recent topics. Incorporates political, social, intellectual, and cultural history.

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5282. Practicum in Human Rights

Zero credits

Prerequisites: Open only to Human Rights Graduate Certificate and 5th-year M.A. students; instructor consent required.

Grading Basis: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory

Project-based fieldwork with an approved partnering organization related to the field of human rights. Practicum provides the students with hands-on experience with real problem-solving experiences related to their career goals. Completion of at least 200 practicum hours required.

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5301. Contemporary Debates in Human Rights

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Key Debates in Human Rights will introduce students to the main modern debates in the academic field of human rights. It is interdisciplinary in scope, including recent intellectual contributions from philosophy, law, political science, sociology, anthropology, literature and history. It will address a number of central issues and questions, including the normative philosophical foundations of human rights, whether human rights are universal or relative, whether human rights can be held collectively, and the justifications for women's rights and cultural rights.

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5351. Topics in Human Rights Practice

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Prerequisites: Instructor consent. Students may not receive credit for a topic in HRTS 5351 if they have previously passed HRTS 3540 with the same topic.

Grading Basis: Graded

Seminar on topics in theoretical and practice-based knowledge and skills related to human rights. Topics vary by semester. May be repeated with a change of topic to a maximum of nine credits.

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5390. Economic Rights

Also offered as: ECON 5128, POLS 5390

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students who have passed HRTS or POLS 5390

Grading Basis: Graded

Explores the conceptual bases, measurement, and policy applications of economic rights. Specific topics will include: child labor, the right to development, non-governmental initiatives, and the institutionalization of economic rights (e.g., constitutionalization versus statutory implementation versus discretionary policies).

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5401. Methods in Human Rights Research and Practice

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open to students who have passed HRTS 5899 when offered as Methods in Human Rights Research and Practice.

Grading Basis: Graded

An introduction to professional modes of human rights research and practice from multi-disciplinary perspectives. An exploration of roles of data collection, creation, and analysis in policy making and advocacy using principles of human rights evaluation. Examination of the relationship between human rights research and practical interventions affecting human rights outcomes.

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5450. Contemporary Issues in Genocide Studies

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Interdisciplinary analysis of critical topics in contemporary studies of genocide including the legal and social meaning of genocide and crimes against humanity, the causes and dynamics of genocide and mass atrocities, the immediate and intergenerational effect of genocide on individuals and groups, the question of accountability, and the role of perpetrators and bystanders.

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5460. Human Rights and Armed Conflict

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Not open for credit to students who have passed HRTS 3460.

Grading Basis: Graded

Examines the relationship between human rights and armed conflict from a social science perspective. Explores human rights abuses as cause and consequence of armed conflict. Evaluates the effectiveness of the human rights and humanitarian approaches to conflict management.

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5499. Independent Study

1.00 - 6.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 12 credits.

Prerequisites: Open to graduate students only.

Grading Basis: Graded

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5600. Human Rights Practice Lab

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Open only to Human Rights 5th-Year M.A. students, instructor consent required.

Grading Basis: Graded

Critical engagement with human rights issues, strategies, tactics, institutions, and law in a practical setting. Students work collaboratively on a project addressing a pressing human rights issue and refine skills integral to working in the human rights field. Skills include information gathering, ethical analysis, effective communication across diverse audiences, and creative problem-solving.

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5825. Sociology of Human Rights

Also offered as: SOCI 5825

3.00 credits

Prerequisites: Instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Critical sociological perspective on human rights, with a specific emphasis on power, inequalities, and people's struggles to claim and access political, civil, economic, social and cultural human rights.

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5899. Seminar in Human Rights

3.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Prerequisites: None.

Grading Basis: Graded

Variable topics in the study of human rights.

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6825. Topics in the Sociology of Human Rights

Also offered as: SOCI 6825

3.00 - 9.00 credits | May be repeated for a total of 9 credits.

Prerequisites: Instructor consent.

Grading Basis: Graded

Topics in sociological theory and research in human rights. Topics will vary by semester. May be repeated to a maximum of nine credits.

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