The History and Practice of Human Rights

History C187

Fall 2016
160 Kroeber
Day & Time: 
TuTh 5-630P

What are human rights? What institutions, norms, and practices have people used to advance them, and what have been the effects? In this course, we will examine the processes through which human rights have been conceptualized, defined, violated, and vindicated. With a focus on the last two centuries, and especially the mid-twentieth century to the present, “The History and Practice of Human Rights” offers historical perspective on some of today’s most challenging issues, from state violence, military intervention, and international justice, to inequality and corporate abuse. Much of our analysis of these topics will center on the law, but we will also consider how the media and the arts have influenced the development of human rights thought and practice around the world.