17.391[J] Human Rights at Home and Abroad

Class Info

Provides a rigorous and critical introduction to the history, foundation, structure, and operation of the human rights movement. Focuses on key ideas, actors, methods and sources, and critically evaluates the field. Addresses current debates in human rights, including the relationship with security, democracy, development and globalization, urbanization, equality (in housing and other economic and social rights; women's rights; ethnic, religious and racial discrimination; and policing/conflict), post-conflict rebuilding and transitional justice, and technology-related issues. Requires prior coursework, work experience, or community service that demonstrates familiarity with global affairs or ethics in social justice issues. Students taking graduate version expected to write a research paper.

This class has no prerequisites.

17.391[J] will not be offered this semester. It will be instructed by B. Rajagopal.

This class counts for a total of 12 credits. This class counts as a HASS S.

You can find more information on MIT OpenCourseWare at the Human Rights in Theory and Practice site.

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