Human Rights and Global Politics

PACS 127 Human Rights and Global Politics

Restrictions: Undergraduate students and by category

CCN: 20083

Units/Credit: 4

Time/Location: TuTh 12:30-2PM, 145 McCone

Final Exam Group: 15: THURSDAY, MAY 11, 2017 3:00-6:00PM

Instructor: Tetsushi Ogata

After World War II, we witnessed a “revolution” in human rights theory, practice, and institution building. The implications of viewing individuals as equal and endowed with certain rights is potentially far reaching as in the declaration that individuals hold many of those rights irrespective of the views of their government. Yet, we also live in a world of sovereign states with sovereign state’s rights. We see everyday a clash between the rights of the individual and lack of duty to fulfill those rights when an individual’s home state is unwilling or unable to do so. After introducing the idea of human rights, its historic development and various international human rights mechanisms, this course will ask what post-World War II conceptions of human rights mean for a number of specific issues including humanitarian intervention, international criminal justice, U.S. foreign policy, immigration, and economic rights. Looking in-depth at these five areas, we will ask how ideas about human rights, laws about human rights, and institutions to protect human rights have on how states and other global actors act, and how individuals have fared.

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