PSCI 420
Senior Seminar in Human Rights in International Politics and Law Spring 2018 (also offered Fall 2017)
Division II Writing Skills
Cross-listed JLST 403 / PSCI 420
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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?
The Class: Format: seminar
Limit: 18
Expected: 18
Class#: 3867
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: three lead essays, three critique essays, and one final essay
Prerequisites: PSCI 202, senior standing, permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: PSCI majors, senior JLST concentrators ; seniors
Distributions: Division II Writing Skills
Notes: This course is cross-listed and the prefixes carry the following divisional credit:
JLST 403 Division II PSCI 420 Division II
Attributes: PSCI International Relations Courses

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