SOC 450 - Human Rights in a Globalizing World: How Human Rights Evolved and Changed the World
Section: 001
Term: FA 2017
Subject: Sociology (SOC)
Department: LSA Sociology
Waitlist Capacity:
Enforced Prerequisites:
SOC 350; not available to students who previously elected SOC 495 in W16: "Human Rights in a Globalizing World: How Human Rights Evolved and Changed the World" (Topic #65).
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

Why do we need to care about human rights violations in a faraway land?
When did we start caring?
Why, despite the widespread sympathy, does international society often fail to take action to stop serious human rights violations?
What can be done to make the international system more effective in addressing human rights issues across the globe?

This seminar course examines these questions, focusing on how international human rights ideas and instruments have evolved over time and impacted local politics around the world. We will discuss specific issues such as genocide, slavery, migration, torture, death penalty, women’s rights, children’s rights, minority rights, multiculturalism, transitional justice, corporate social responsibility, and nongovernmental organizations, among others.

Note: Students who have not taken SOC 350 will be able to register with permission from the instructor.

SOC 450 - Human Rights in a Globalizing World: How Human Rights Evolved and Changed the World
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
NOTE: Data maintained by department in Wolverine Access. If no textbooks are listed below, check with the department.

ISBN: 9780199313440
The twilight of human rights law, Author: Eric A. Posner., Publisher: Oxford Univ Pr 2014
ISBN: 9780801484568
Activists beyond borders : advocacy networks in international politics., Author: Margaret E. Keck and Kathryn Sikkink., Publisher: Cornell University Press 1. publ. 1998
ISBN: 9780199982677
Speaking rights to power : constructing political will, Author: Alison Brysk., Publisher: Oxford University PRess 2013
ISBN: 9780226520742
Human rights and gender violence : translating international law into local justice, Author: Sally Engle Merry, Publisher: University of Chicago Press [Online-Au 2006
ISBN: 9780691114743
Human rights as politics and idolatry, Author: Michael Ignatieff ; edited and introduced by Amy Gutmann., Publisher: Princeton University Press [Pbk. prin 2001
ISBN: 9780465061518
"A problem from hell" : America and the age of genocide, Author: Samantha Power., Publisher: Basic Books 2013
ISBN: 9780393079937
The justice cascade : how human rights prosecutions are changing world politics, Author: Kathryn Sikkink., Publisher: W. W. Norton & Co. 1st ed. 2011
ISBN: 1107501261
Incitement on Trial: Prosecuting International Speech Crimes, Author: Richard Ashby Wilson, Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780801488672
Eyewitness to a genocide : the United Nations and Rwanda, Author: Michael Barnett., Publisher: Cornell University Press 1st print. 2002
ISBN: 9781586482671
War hospital : a true story of surgery and survival, Author: Sheri Fink., Publisher: Public Affairs 2004
ISBN: 9780521658829
The power of human rights : international norms and domestic change, Author: ed. by Thomas Risse ..., Publisher: Cambridge Univ. Press 1. publ. 1999
ISBN: 9780691155364
Making human rights a reality, Author: Emilie M. Hafner-Burton., Publisher: Princeton University Press 2013
ISBN: 9780393331998
Inventing human rights : a history, Author: Lynn Hunt., Publisher: W. W. Norton First publ 2008
ISBN: 9780199368990
Slave trade and the origins of international human rights law., Author: Jenny S. Martinez., Publisher: Oxford University Press 2014
ISBN: 9780199562558
Multicultural odysseys : navigating the new international politics of diversity, Author: Will Kymlicka., Publisher: Oxford University Press Paperback 2009
ISBN: 9780674729049
Culling the masses : the democratic origins of racist immigration policy in the Americas, Author: David Scott FitzGerald, David Cook-Martin. 2014
ISBN: 9780691116488
American exceptionalism and human rights, Author: ed. by Michael Ignatieff., Publisher: Princeton Univ. Press 2005
ISBN: 0521829755
The World Reimagined: Americans and Human Rights in the Twentieth Century, Author: Mark Philip Bradley, Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521531580
Eyes off the prize : the United Nations and the African American struggle for human rights, 1944-1955, Author: Carol Anderson., Publisher: Cambridge University Press [Repr.]. 2009
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