HRTS 200: Introduction to Human Rights

The course will open with an overview of the key structures, institutions, and processes of human rights system at the international, regional, and national levels. It will then proceed to a focus on major actors in human rights and how they interact with, and can be influenced by, NGOs, community-based organizations, and other elements of civil society. Next, there will be a focus on such civil and political issues as free expression, due process, and political participation. The following section of the course will review economic, social, and cultural rights in areas including health, housing, education, social security, and employment, as well as the right to development. During the course, students will interact with human rights practitioners who will discuss their applied work.