Harvard Kennedy School

The Civil Rights Movement, Race and Policy in Modern America (DPI-393)

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2016

This course traces the development of the American civil rights movement over the course of the 20th and 21st century, exploring many of the major sites of protest, opposition and resistance, via the concept of the long "black freedom struggle." Beginning with Plessy v. Ferguson (1896) and ending with the "Black Lives Matter" campaign (2015), our investigation will focus on three broad themes: equal citizenship, strategies of leadership, and public policy: approaches and solutions. Some of the questions we will cover include: who "counts" as a civil rights activist? What are the priorities Read more about The Civil Rights Movement, Race and Policy in Modern America (DPI-393)

Child Protection in Theory and Practice

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2016

The Child Protection sector now consists of a multitude of organizations that have an ever-increasing need to coordinate. The number of development and humanitarian Child Protection actors now spans United Nations agencies, human rights bodies, local, national and international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), national and local governments, intergovernmental organizations (IGOs), bilateral governmental development and humanitarian agencies, small civil society organizations (CSOs), international financial institutions (IFIs), other multilateral institutions, advocacy groups, Read more about Child Protection in Theory and Practice

Bioethics, Law, and the Life Sciences

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2016

Developments in the life sciences and biotechnology have called into question existing policy approaches and instruments dealing with intellectual property, reproduction, health, informed consent, and privacy. These shifts in understanding are reconstituting concepts of the self and its boundaries, kinship, human nature, and legal rights and obligations of people in relation to their governing institutions. Through reading primary materials and relevant secondary literatures, this course seeks to identify and explore salient ethical, legal, and policy issues -- and possible solutions Read more about Bioethics, Law, and the Life Sciences

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

The Arts of Communication (DPI-801B)

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2015

Today's leaders must have the ability not only to analyze thoughtfully but also to communicate clearly and persuasively. This course will seek to strengthen the capacity of each student to write and speak well in public settings while navigating a range of leadership scenarios. Approximately one-half of the course will be devoted to classes that introduce students to strategies of communication and to models of public presentation. The other half will consist of smaller workshops in which students will hone their skills in public speaking. The course is designed for potential leaders in Read more about The Arts of Communication (DPI-801B)

Strategizing for Human Rights: Moving from Ideals to Practice

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2015

Violence and social injustices abound in the world.  How do we make a difference?  This class will apply the concepts of strategizing to today’s human rights struggles, examining cases of successful efforts to learn key principles and applying them to live and unsettled cases. Over the last decades, the human rights movement has emphasized the development of international treaties to define ideals as legal norms, created international institutions and instruments to encourage those norms to be implemented, and built local, national, and transnational civil society organizations to Read more about Strategizing for Human Rights: Moving from Ideals to Practice

Human Rights and Foreign Policy

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2015

This course offers students a critical evaluation of the role of human rights, as law, ethics, and politics, in the foreign policy of contemporary states. It is designed to help future diplomats, foreign service officers, human rights activists, and future politicians understand how international conventions, human rights NGO's, UN and regional human rights bodies, and media-driven human rights narratives shape the conduct of large and small states. The course will focus on what is controversial and contested about the role of human rights in modern foreign policy. Some states Read more about Human Rights and Foreign Policy

The Theory and Practice of Human Rights

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2014

Why do human rights violations occur and what can be done to prevent them? What difference do human rights treaties make for changing state practices? How can governments, international organizations, and human rights NGOs contribute to bringing about positive human rights change? This class will integrate reading, discussion, and class projects of the theory and practice of human rights to try to answer these questions and others. We will examine political, economic, psychological and ideological explanations for human rights violations, and theories of state commitment and compliance Read more about The Theory and Practice of Human Rights

Human Rights Dilemmas in Child Protection

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2014

A growing number of children and adolescents around the world are subjected to violence, exploitation and other forms of abuse. These harms persist despite the proliferation of international norms and structures designed to protect this population and promote its wellbeing. In many cases global transformations exacerbate rather than reduce the risks of abuse and increase the protection challenges these risks give rise to. Though each category of child protection deficit has its own characteristics and its attendant normative framework, they all share common and definable elements. An Read more about Human Rights Dilemmas in Child Protection