POLS-328   The Global Politics of Human Rights

This course examines the emergence and institutionalization of human rights in the international arena during the 20th century. It begins with a careful analysis of the idea of human rights and then examines the place of this idea in particular areas of concern, such as race, gender, religion, and the meeting of basic material needs. It raises as well questions regarding the assertion and defense of human rights, by examining issues such as genocide, displaced persons, humanitarian intervention, and the proper role of international organizations.