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Spring 2015-2016
* 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.

Requirements/Grading:
Mid Term Exam - 10%
Final Exam - 30%
Papers - 35%
Class/Precept Participation - 25%

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
42578 L01 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm M W   McCosh Hall   28   Enrolled:117 Limit:
44239 P01A 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm W   Chancellor Green   103   Enrolled:13 Limit:14 Closed
44240 P01B 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm W   McCosh Hall   B11   Enrolled:12 Limit:14 Closed
44241 P02 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Chancellor Green   103   Enrolled:10 Limit:14 Closed
44648 P02B 3:30 pm - 4:20 pm W   Frist Campus Center   212   Enrolled:13 Limit:14 Closed
44242 P03 10:00 am - 10:50 am Th   Robertson Hall   008   Enrolled:14 Limit:14 Closed
44243 P04 11:00 am - 11:50 am Th   Robertson Hall   008   Enrolled:12 Limit:14 Closed
44244 P05 2:30 pm - 3:20 pm Th   McCosh Hall   24   Enrolled:14 Limit:14 Closed
44245 P06 10:00 am - 10:50 am F        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled
44246 P07 11:00 am - 11:50 am F   Corwin Hall   126   Enrolled:11 Limit:14 Closed
44247 P08 1:30 pm - 2:20 pm F   Robertson Hall   006   Enrolled:9 Limit:14 Closed
44647 P09 12:30 pm - 1:20 pm F   Corwin Hall   126   Enrolled:9 Limit:14 Closed
42579 P99 TBA        Enrolled:0 Limit:0 Canceled