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Spring 2013-2014
* POL 380 (SA)   No Audit

Human Rights

Gary J. Bass

A study of the politics and history of human rights. What are human rights? How can dictatorships be resisted from the inside and the outside? Can we prevent genocide? Is it morally acceptable and politically wise to launch humanitarian military interventions to prevent the slaughter of foreign civilians? What are the laws of war, and how can we punish the war criminals who violate them? Cases include the Ottoman Empire, Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, Bosnia, and Rwanda.

Sample reading list:
Hannah Arendt, Eichmann in Jerusalem
Michael Ignatieff, Human Rights as Politics and Idolatry
Samantha Power, A Problem from Hell
David Rohde, Endgame
Michael Walzer, Just and Unjust Wars
David S. Wyman, The Abandonment of the Jews
See instructor for complete list

Reading/Writing assignments:
About 200 pages of reading per week; One term paper.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 40%
Final Exam - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42526 L01 01:30:00 pm - 02:20:00 pm M W   McCosh Hall   28   Enrolled:82 Limit:
43963 P01 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm W   McCosh Hall   B11   Enrolled:12 Limit:14 Closed
43964 P01A 02:30:00 pm - 03:20:00 pm W   Jones Hall   113   Enrolled:12 Limit:14 Closed
43965 P02 03:30:00 pm - 04:20:00 pm W   Jones Hall   113   Enrolled:14 Limit:14 Closed
43966 P03 07:30:00 pm - 08:20:00 pm W   Marx Hall   101   Enrolled:8 Limit:14 Closed
43967 P04 10:00:00 am - 10:50:00 am Th   Robertson Hall   006   Enrolled:14 Limit:14 Closed
43968 P05 11:00:00 am - 11:50:00 am Th   Robertson Hall   006   Enrolled:14 Limit:14 Closed
44347 P06 07:30:00 pm - 08:20:00 pm W   Robertson Hall   008   Enrolled:8 Limit:14 Closed
42886 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled