HRTS - Human Rights
2014-2015 GRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG
Effective 1 June 2014 through 31 May 2015
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This course introduces students to the philosophic and political background of the concept of human rights. Key components include discussion of the history, documents, theories, issues, institutions, ethical debates, and current problems in human rights.
An overview of the methods and analysis used to examine human rights abuses, as well as a resource for sources databases, and other material on human rights. Students will learn to analyze and conduct research and write research proposals and analyze existing research.
This course provides the theoretical understanding and practical skills of human rights advocacy, fact-finding, and outreach. The class will analyze the process which creates domestic and international awareness regarding human rights issues from fact finding to effective lobbying.
This course examines the gendered nature of victimization and human rights abuses. Students will analyze the effect of women's differential position in the social structure, including their legal status and political representation. Students will study various topics, such as the gendered aspects of public policy and human rights law; the militarization of society; the gendered conduct of war and wartime activities; and the impact of gender on the aftermath of war, conflict prevention, peacemaking, and peacebuilding.
This course examines the negotiating and bargaining process related to the promotion and protection of internationally recognized human rights. We look at both state and non-state actors as well as the tools and tactics used by actors to encourage respect for human rights.
This course explores the historical development of international human rights as theory and practice, with particular focus on the contributions of the Enlightenment, the French Revolution, and the anti-slavery movement to universal ideals of human rights; World Wars and anti-colonial struggles; and the United Nations Declaration on Human Rights.
This course reviews core legal documents and the work of the most important governmental and nongovernmental institutions currently involved in human rights protection and promotion. The students will examine important issues in current political and ethical debates about human rights and current problems in human rights protection.
This course covers the history, development, scope and purpose of international humanitarian law and its basic principles, including protection of the defenseless in war, restrictions on the conduct of hostilities, the law of non-international armed conflicts, the problem of supervision and repression, and collective responsibility for the implementation of humanitarian law.
This course explores international criminal law as applied by national and international courts. There is a particular focus on the critical discussion of the substantive and institutional impacts of the system, its history, principles, and the relationship between major actors.
The students will examine important issues in current political and ethical debates about human rights in the domestic and international sphere. Topics may vary. Course may be repeated for credit if content differs.
This course acts as the capstone for student who are completing a Masters in International Human Rights. Students will produce and defend their final research project for their degree program.
The student completes a thesis project under the supervision of two faculty members. The thesis option is recommended for those considering graduate study at doctoral level. All theses must follow university guidelines and be deposited in the Webster University library. Students must secure approval of their proposal from the academic director or coordinator of the program at the site where the thesis is to be done. General policy is to expect proposals to be submitted before the 24th credit hour is completed.
The Internship is an intensive experience that provides the students with the opportunity to work within an existing human rights organization and learn first-hand about its mission, goals and operations. Within the experience, students will employ their understanding of the theories and actors of human rights to the practice of their specific role and organization.