17.391J Human Rights in Theory and Practice


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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 torture, security, democracy promotion, the place of rights in development and globalization, women's rights, ethnic, religious and racial discrimination and conflict, humanitarian intervention, post-conflict rebuilding, transitional justice, terrorism, and ethical issues in science and technology. Requires familiarity with global affairs or ethics and social justice issues. Students taking graduate version are expected to write a research paper. 


This class has no prerequisites.

17.391J will be offered this semester (Fall 2017). It is instructed by B. Rajagopal.

This class counts for a total of 3 credits. This class counts as a HASS S.

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