JLST 401 Fall 2012 Senior Seminar: Human Rights in International Politics and Law (W)

Cross Listed as PSCI420
The idea that all humans have rights simply because they are human-independent of anything they might do or achieve-has transformed local and international politics, probably permanently. This concept's place in international politics, its strengths and limitations, depend on how people use it. Beginning with the 18th-century's transatlantic movement to abolish slavery, we will examine international movements and institutions that have affected what human rights mean, to whom, and where. Readings draw on philosophy, history, sociology, and international relations, but as a political science class we emphasize politics. Who benefits from the idea of universal human rights? Who loses? How does this idea about individual value liberate and entrap? Does this idea ultimately reinforce American hegemony, or plant the seeds of a non-American order?
Class Format: seminar
Requirements/Evaluation: two essays on common topics, a turn as class discussion leader, an independent research paper; active and constructive participation in class
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Prerequisites: Political Science 202, senior standing, permission of instructor
Enrollment Preference: Political Science majors; seniors
Department Notes: formerly PSCI 269
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Divisional Attributes: Division II, Writing Intensive
Other Attributes: JLST Enactment/Applications in Institutions,PSCI International Relations Courses,PSCI Research Courses
Enrollment Limit: 18
Expected Enrollment: 18
Class Number: 1892
JLST401-01(F) LEC Sr Sem:Humn Rghts Intl Politcs (W) Division 2: Social StudiesWriting Intensive Cheryl Shanks
MR 2:35 PM-3:50 PM Hopkins Hall 105 1892
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