Human Rights Practice in Comparative Perspective

History 103U.002

Spring 2016
279 Dwinelle
Day & Time: 
W 1000-1200

How have advocates promoted human rights, and what have been the effects? In this seminar, we will examine the history of human rights practice at the national level -- comparing experiences in the United States and Argentina -- and as a transnational and global phenomenon. With a focus on the mid-twentieth century to the present, "Human Rights Practice in Comparative Perspective" will trace the development and results of modern human rights strategies used to address problems like racial inequality, impingements on freedom of expression, and state violence. We will pay particular attention to the methods scholars have used to assess the outcomes of human rights initiatives, from humanitarian intervention to human rights trials.

Course Books

Reclaiming American Virtue: The Human Rights Revolution of the 1970s by Keys, Barbara Harvard University Press. ISBN: 9780674724853 Required
The Endtimes of Human Rights by Hopgood, Stephen Cornell University Press. ISBN: 978-1-5017-0066-8 Required
Mobilizing for Human Rights: International Law in Domestic Politics by Simmons, Beth Harvard University Press. ISBN: 9780521712323 Required