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Fall 2014-2015
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History of International Human Rights

Mira L. Siegelberg

When and how did human rights become an important concern of the international community? This course will answer that question through a reading of contemporary works of history, political theory and classic texts from European political philosophy. Together they provide a common framework that will allow students to understand current debates over universal human rights, international law, and democratic sovereignty. Recent debates about global political projects undertaken in the name of human rights will figure prominently in the class.

Sample reading list:
Hans Joas, The Sacredness of the Person, a New Genealogy Human Rights
Samuel Moyn, The Last Utopia: Human Rights in History
Lynn Hunt, Inventing Human Rights: A History
George Cavallar, The Rights of Strangers
Mark Mazower, Governing the World: The History of an Idea
Martti Koskenniemi, The Gentle Civilizer of Nations

Reading/Writing assignments:
250 pages of reading per week. Weekly Blog Post and Book Review: 40% of grade

Requirements/Grading:
Paper in lieu of Final - 30%
Class/Precept Participation - 30%
Other (See Instructor) - 40%

Other Requirements:
Not Open to Freshmen.

Other information:
Mira Siegelberg is a Lecturer in History and a Cotsen Fellow in the Society of Fellows. Her teaching, scholarship and publications focus on modern international relations and European intellectual history, with a particular interest in human rights and the question of statelessness.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
23446 L01 1:30 pm - 2:50 pm T Th   Tower Club   101   Enrolled:9 Limit:20