HISTORY 407 - Advanced Study in Comparative and Transnational History
Fall 2020, Section 002 - The History of Inter-American Human Rights Law
Instruction Mode: Section 002 is   Hybrid (see other Sections below)
Subject: History (HISTORY)
Department: LSA History
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May be elected three times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
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In this bi-national seminar, we will investigate our hemisphere’s collective attempts to define and enforce standards of universal rights. How did Latin American diplomats understand human rights as a way to counter U.S. dominance? How did activists around the Americas use inter-American human rights institutions to pressure their own governments? Why has the relevance of international human rights to social justice movements declined in the United States since the 1970s, in stark contrast to Latin America?

This course will use a case study method, looking at individual trials before the IACHR to analyze the diplomatic and social movement history that made them possible. Topics include human trafficking/contemporary slavery; violence against women; reproductive rights; indigenous rights and racial discrimination; LGBT rights; and migrants’ rights.

Course Requirements:

Juniors and seniors will receive priority in enrollment. Daily written reading responses, preparation for in-class (can be online) group exercises, two group presentations, two short (2-page) papers, one final (6-page) paper.


HISTORY 407 - Advanced Study in Comparative and Transnational History
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002 (SEM)
F 9:00AM - 12:00PM
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