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Law & Human Rights

PCA Description

International human rights concerns have become one of the most salient, cross-cutting global issues today. This concentration provides students with insights and tools to critically examine human rights issues in comparative contexts, and analyze how legal reforms and processes are integrally tied in with ensuring rights. Through the various required and elective courses, students will examine different perspectives on political, social, economic, and legal concerns within the international arena, providing a rich, interdisciplinary focus to understanding the inherent possibilities, priorities and challenges of addressing and enforcing global legal agreements and human rights protocols. They will learn about the historical development of human rights as a philosophical and legal concept, the ways states understand and assert their global relationships and priorities, the increasingly important role played by official development assistance (ODA) in doing so and prioritizing law and human rights, and the role of international organizations, states, and other stakeholders involved in implementing and responding to global human rights concerns.

Students graduating with this concentration will have a foundation valuable for a wide range of experiences and careers as practitioners, policymakers, and analysts, as human rights activists at domestic and international human rights organizations and within intergovernmental bodies such as various UN organizations, and as law students leading to international careers in areas that concern relations between governments, states and global human rights networks.




INTL 370        International Human Rights

INTL 422         Aid to Developing Countries *Requires INTL 240 as a pre-requisite.


ANTH 314       Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective

ENVS 435       Environmental Justice

GEOG 445      Culture, Ethnicity, and Nationalism

GEOG 463      Geography, Law, and the Environment

INTL 323         Islam & Global Forces

INTL 360         International Cooperation & Conflict

INTL 421         Gender and International Development *Requires INTL 240 as a pre-requisite.

INTL 423         Development and the Muslim World

INTL 431        Cross-Cultural Communication

INTL 442        South Asia: Development and Social Change

INTL 444        Development and Social Change in Southeast Asia

INTL 445        Development and Social Change in Sub-Saharan Africa

INTL 446         Development and Social Change in Latin America

LAW 415        Human Rights, Law, & Culture

PPPM 327      Global Leadership and Change

PPPM 418      Intro to Public Law

PS 399            Sp St Palestine/Israel

PS 399            International Peacekeeping

PS 420            International Organizations

PS 485            Civil Rights and Liberties

SOC 464          Systems of War and Peace

**LAW 671       International Law

**LAW 693       Human Rights and Environment

**LAW 610       Human Rights Law

**Special registration process required