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HIST 4250 Human Rights as History (Fall: 3 )


Course Description

One of the major developments in world history since World War II has been the rise of a universal human rights culture. This course will explore this development in historical perspective, tracing the origins of the language of human rights back to the eighteenth century and the French Revolution and interrogating its development in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. We will examine the potential of "human rights" in international politics but also the limitations of human rights claims. We will ask who has rights and when and who the major actors are in pushing rights claims: governments, revolutionaries, and NGOs.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Devin Pendas

Prerequisites: The History Core, Parts I and II

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Last Updated: 09-Jan-15