Course Catalog - 2018-2019

     

HIST 455 - THE HISTORY OF HUMAN RIGHTS

Long Title: THE HISTORY OF HUMAN RIGHTS
Department: History
Grade Mode: Standard Letter
Course Type: Seminar
Credit Hours: 3
Restrictions:
Must be enrolled in one of the following Level(s):
Undergraduate Professional
Visiting Undergraduate
Undergraduate
Description: What are human rights, and what does it mean to call them “universal”? How do rights across borders, such as those needed by refugees, fit with rights within borders that citizens use to exercise sovereignty? How do new (or previously unrecognized) rights emerge, such as rights for sexual minorities? And how can we write histories of ideas that are claimed to be timeless? This advanced history seminar draws on multiple disciplines, especially anthropology and law, to answer these and other questions. Students undertake independent research on an issue of their choosing. This class is important for students considering law school or graduate study in history. Open to juniors and seniors. Open to others only with permission of instructor. (Please note that class rank is determined by year of matriculation, not credits.)