Harvard College

Childhood, Adolescence, Youth, and International Human Rights

Semester: 

N/A

Offered: 

2015

Since ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child twenty years ago, considerable progress has been made in advancing young childrens enjoyment of basic social and economic rights including access to basic education and health care. These gains are not matched by corresponding advances for older children, particularly girls, minorities, and migrants: in many developing societies, secondary and tertiary education remains widely inaccessible, maternal mortality remains the largest cause of female teenage death, and youth unemployment and violence have reached epidemic Read more about Childhood, Adolescence, Youth, and International Human Rights

EXPOS 20 - Expository Writing 20

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2015

 An intensive seminar that aims to improve each student?s ability to discover and reason about evidence through the medium of essays. Each section focuses on a particular theme or topic, described on the Expos Website. All sections give students practice in formulating questions, analyzing both primary and secondary sources and properly acknowledging them, supporting arguments with strong and detailed evidence, and shaping clear, lively essays. All sections emphasize revision.

HIST 1513 - History of Modern Latin America

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2015

This course surveys Latin America from its 19th-century independence movements through the present day. How did the powerful legacies of European colonialism, and the neocolonial economic order that emerged to replace it, shape the Americas' new nations? Themes include nationalism and identity, revolution and counterrevolution, populism, state formation, race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, social movements, the role of foreign powers, inequality and social class, dictatorship, democratization, and human rights.

Social Studies 98oa - Human Rights in Africa

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2014

How and to what extent are human rights discussed, contested, and protected in Sub-Saharan Africa? This course considers answers to this question by taking seriously both variation and commonalities across Sub-Saharan African countries. Topics covered include slavery, apartheid, social and economic rights, LGBT rights, the International Criminal Court, and Kony 2012. The study of human rights in any context also requires some understanding of the configurations of power, state institutions and civil society in that context. We therefore also devote some time to considering colonial Read more about Social Studies 98oa - Human Rights in Africa

Introduction to Human Rights and Justice

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2014

This course seeks to give an introduction to contemporary discussions about justice, human rights, and religion. It will survey the conceptions of rights within political theology and within contemporary theories of justice. Special attention will be given to the work of Rawls, Habermas, Nussbaum, Sen, Walzer, Sandel, Moltmann, Woltersdorf, and Schmitt. It will seek to show how a conception of human rights relates to religion within the framework of a discourse ethics. Note: Last hour of course is a required discussion session. Offered jointly with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as Read more about Introduction to Human Rights and Justice

Freshman Seminar 46p - Human Rights in Peace and War

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2014

Studies how human rights perspective illuminates relations between state authority and individuals and defines standards of behavior that societies agree to aspire to reach. Topics include the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, rights in political and economic spheres, the rights of women, children, and refugees, international human rights law and international humanitarian law, and the state, regional, and international processes and structures that establish and monitor the regime of international human rights law.

Freshman Seminar 41k - Human Rights, Law and Advocacy

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2014

Human rights practitioners confront numerous ethical, strategic, and legal dilemmas in their struggles for social justice. This freshman seminar explores the underlying legal framework in which human rights advocates operate, and then uses specific case studies to consider the various challenges they must grapple with in their work. The seminar is designed to encourage students to critically evaluate the human rights movement while offering an introduction to some of the essential tools and strategies used by human rights advocates, including advocacy, litigation, documentation, and Read more about Freshman Seminar 41k - Human Rights, Law and Advocacy