Winter 2022 Human Rights Courses

Undergraduate Courses

HMR 130 Topics in Human Rights

  • Sec 002 CRN 44578

HMR 131 Genocide CRN 28473

HMR 135 Human Rights Tools CRN 45751

HMR 132 Human Rights & Refugee 

HMR 161 Human Rights Latin America CRN 44579

Graduate Course

HMR 200A History/Theory/Critical Human Right CRN 44873

Keith Watenpaugh
History-Theory-Criticism Human Rights
Wednesdays, 1:10-4:00

This seminar explores the human rights idea and the field of Human Rights Studies.  Participants will read and discuss influential and recent work in the field. The seminar will provide an opportunity for students to develop research projects from within their own disciplines and scholarly engagement activities, and create syllabi and lesson plans appropriate to their field(s).

Readings include:

Keck, Margaret E., and Kathryn Sikkink. Activists beyond borders: advocacy networks in international politics. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2004.

Quataert, Jean H. Advocating dignity: human rights mobilizations in global politics. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2011.

Gündogdu, Ayten. Rightlessness in an age of rights: Hannah Arendt and the contemporary struggles of migrants. Oxford University Press, 2014.

Moses, A. Dirk. The problems of genocide: permanent security and the language of transgression. Cambridge University Press, 2021.

Atapattu, Sumudu. "Climate change and displacement: protecting ‘climate refugees’ within a framework of justice and human rights." Journal of Human Rights and the Environment 11, no. 1 (2020): 86-113.


HISTORY 201I (counts for Human Rights DE elective)
Professor Charles Walker,
Revolutions in World History
Tuesdays 3-6

This course takes a long-term approach to revolution, addressing the concept's development and many meanings.  The concept  (Latin revolutio, turn around) has circulated since at least Aristotle and the term appears in French in the 13th century and English in the 14th.

The course will jump across the centuries and the globe, and I will  encourage students to write a final paper on some aspect of revolutions: theory, practice, specific ones, women in Cuba, meanings in Late Capitalism, etc. I will be flexible about the topic.

We will build on the Shelby Cullom Davis Center's year-long focus on Revolutionary Change. (I will be in residence there in fall 2021).

Preliminary week-by-week topics.

Please purchase Popkin, DuBois, Marx and Engels, Rius, and Fitzpatrick

1. What are revolutions and the Age of Revolution?
(Readings provided)
recommended: Edmund Wilson, To the Finland Station

2. Age of Revolutions: France
Jeremy Popkin, A Short History of the French Revolution-

3. Haitian Revolution
Laurent Dubois, Avengers of the New World: The Story of the Haitian Revolution

4. Karl Marx
Marx and Engels, Communist Manifesto and
Rius, Marx for Beginners

5. Russia Revolution
Sheila Fitzpatrick, The Russian Revolution (Oxford)

6. Mexican Revolution
Series of articles, to be provided

7. Cuban Revolution (and a brief review of China)
Sara Kozameh, "Black, Radical, and Campesino in Revolutionary Cuba"
Series of articles, to be provided

8. New Social Revolutions and the New Left
Series of articles, to be provided

9. Presentations and short readings on Gender and Revolution
Series of articles, to be provided

10. Presentations and short readings on Revolutions, Human Rights, and the Global South
Series of articles, to be provided