CAAS 490 - Special Topics in Black World Studies
Section: 001 Global Chains, Human Links: International Human Rights Organization Development in Africa
Term: WN 2010
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
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Class Misc Info:
Meets 01/14/10-02/05/, D/A Deadline 01/26/10.
Advisory Prerequisites:
Upperclass standing or permission of instructor.
May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit(s).
Primary Instructor:

The aim of this course is to introduce the construct of human rights as described in the United Nations Charter of 1947 and examine how the following international human rights organizations have or have not met their goals according to this construct:

  • United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA);
  • Organization of African Unity (OAU);
  • African Union Commission (AUC);
  • African Center for Gender and Development Directorate (ACGD);
  • Women, Gender, and Development Directorate (WGDD);
  • United Nations Development Program Regional Gender Program (UNDPRGP);
  • Southern African Developing Community (SADC).

This course will make special reference to how human rights interact with local statutory laws and the treatment of women and children. During our class sessions, we will address the following questions:

  1. How do the international human rights organizations listed in the course description construct their discourses on human rights?
  2. Are the current international human rights organizations listed in the course description meeting their intended goals?
  3. How do human rights discourses relate to traditional cultural practices in local African contexts?
  4. How are women and children impacted by human rights in Africa?
  5. How effective are human rights as instruments of positive social change?

This one-credit special topics mini-course is sponsored by the Center for International and Comparative Studies (CICS) and hosted by the Global Scholars Program (GSP).

This course will be taught by CICS Visiting Scholar, Governor Mambo Mupepi, Ph.D., from Grand Valley State University. Dr. Mupepi received his Ph.D. from Benedictine University and was the Executive Director of the National Management Development and Training Bureau in the Ministry of Higher Education and Technology for the government of Zimbabwe from 1992-1995.

Students who are associated with International Studies, CAAS, and/or are residents of the Global Scholars Program will be given priority for registration, which is by permission only.

International studies students should contact:
Folake Graves,

CAAS students should contact:
Katherine Weathers,

Global Scholars students should contact:
Nita Shah,

CAAS 490 - Special Topics in Black World Studies
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
Th 4:30PM - 7:30PM
F 4:30PM - 7:30PM
Note: Section 001: Meets January 14 through February 5, 2010. One-credit mini course.
002 (LEC)
Tu 3:00PM - 5:00PM
Note: Section 002: Meets March 9 through April 13, 2010. Two-credit mini course.
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