The study of human rights in the Gallatin classroom is interdisciplinary and thematically wide ranging.  Classes examine a variety of texts, including international legal instruments, novels, scholarly articles, film and other media.  Some courses use the international human rights tradition as the primary focus; such courses include International Human RightsBetween Rights and Justice in latin America, and Health and Human Rights in the World Community.

Other courses study, human rights framework as one of many dimensions of contemporary globalization; such courses include What is Global About Gender?The Writer in International Conflicts, and What is ‘Development’?

Yet others may delve into different philosophical, legal and literary traditions that have informed human rights and or can be fruitfully engaged with as being in conversation with human rights in important and interesting ways.  Such courses may include Critical Social Theory: The Predicament of the Modern WorldGuilty Subjects: Guilt in Literature, Law and Psychoanalysis, or American Narratives I: American Race, Literature and Politics.

In planning a concentration focused on human rights, students may want to approach the field of human rights through courses that draw on a range of overlapping clusters – courses focused on the international human rights framework, courses that have a thematic focus such as feminism or indigenous rights issues, courses that have a geographic focus, such as Europe or Latin America and courses that have a focus on relevant social and political theory.   In addition to courses at Gallatin, there are many interesting human rights related courses at the law school, the anthropology department and elsewhere at NYU.

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