International Human Rights (BA)


2014-2015 UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES CATALOG
Effective 1 June 2014?31 May 2015

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This program offered by College of Arts & Sciences/Institute for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies Department

Program Description

The international human rights program at Webster University seeks to encourage greater understanding of international human rights standards, problems, and solutions.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students should:

  • Become familiar with the history of, and current practices in, human rights frameworks and legal norms.
  • Critically analyze theories, concepts, and ideas in human rights.
  • Understand major human rights issues, past and present.
  • Evaluate the potential solutions to human rights abuses, including the work of transnational actors.
  • Comprehend the quantitative and qualitative methods of, and the ethical issues involved in, human rights research.
  • Engage in human rights field experience.

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Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 42 required credit hours
  • Applicable university global citizenship or general education program hours
  • Electives

Students will complete 42 credit hours as specified below with a grade of C or better, and must display foreign language competence. (This requirement can be met by completing intermediate level II in a foreign language or by passing an intermediate-level proficiency examination and will be waived for students whose native language is not English and who are studying in English.)

In the final year of study, each student must register for HRTS 4600 Senior Overview (3 credit hour) and submit an overview paper.

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Required Courses

  • HRTS 1100 Introduction to Human Rights (3 hours)
  • HRTS 2500 Current Problems in Human Rights (3 hours)
  • HRTS 2800 Methods of Inquiry (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3500 International Human Rights Law (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3590 Theories of Human Rights (3 hours)
  • HRTS 4500 Human Rights Field Experience (3 hours)
  • HRTS 4600 Senior Overview (3 hours)
  • PHIL 2300 Social and Political Philosophy (3 hours)
    -OR-POLT 1070 Introduction to Political Theory (3 hours)

Elective Courses

18 credit hours from among the following, including at least 9 credit hours from courses with an HRTS prefix:

  • ANTH 4260 Nationalism and Transnationalism (3 hours)
  • ANTH 3130 Race and Ethnicity (3 hours)
  • SOCI 4475 Class, Status and Power (3 hours)
  • ANTH 4330 Gender and Sex (3 hours)
  • ENGL 1060 Protest Literature (3 hours)
  • ETHC 1000 Issues and Problems in Ethics (1 hour)
  • HIST 2050 Topics in African History (3 hours)
  • HIST 2040 Topics in Latin American History (3 hours)
  • HIST 2070 Topics in Non-Western History (3 hours)
  • HRTS 2086 Topics In Human Rights (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3080 Advanced Topics in Human Rights (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3160 Human Rights in Film: Documentaries( 3 hours)
  • HRTS 3170 Human Rights in Film: Narrative Films (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3200 Human Rights Area Studies (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3210 Prejudice and Discrimination (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3400 Human Rights and the Environment (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3600 Topics in Mass Violence (3 hours)
  • HRTS 3700 Human Rights and Business (3 hours)
  • ISTL 1000 Introduction to International Studies (3 hours)
  • INTL 1500 The World System since 1500 (3 hours)
  • INTL 2030 International Law (3 hours)
  • INTL 3300 Governments and Politics of Eastern Europe (3 hours)
  • MEDC 2800 Cultural Diversity in the Media (3 hours)
  • MULC 2010 American Cultural Pluralism (3 hours)
  • PHIL 2320 Contemporary Moral Problems (3 hours)
  • PHIL 2340 Bioethics (3 hours)
  • PHIL 2360 Environmental Ethics (3 hours)
  • PHIL 3350 Philosophical Ethics( 3 hours)
  • PHIL 3360 Ethics for Cyberspace (3 hours)
  • PHIL 3370 Feminist Philosophy (3 hours)
  • POLT 1080 Introduction to Comparative Politics (3 hours)
  • POLT 2550 The Politics of Development (3 hours)
  • RELG 2050 Religion and Human Values (3 hours)

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