Sep 22, 2023
LEGAL 170 - International Human Rights, policy and Laws5 Credits
Interdisciplinary study of the historical, political and legal development of international human rights law and policy through a comprehensive analysis of the laws, theory, institutions, and practice of international human rights. Study of diverse societies response to its own human rights violations and the response of the dominant societies will be examined, including an analysis of underlying motives and political implications that consider cultural relativity with respect to human rights violations. Methods by which human rights violations are identified and pursued in the context of culture, religion and the mores of a particular society will be identified and discussed.
Quarters Typically Offered
Designed to Serve Paralegal students and students needing DG credit
Active Date 2011-06-14
Grading Basis Decimal Grade
Class Limit 32
Contact Hours: Lecture 55 Lab 0 Field Studies 0 Clinical 0 Independent Studies 0
Total Contact Hours 55
ProfTech Course Yes
Restricted Elective Yes
1. A comprehensive introduction to the law, theory, institutions, and practice of international human rights.
2. Historical, political, social and legal development of international human rights law and policy including contemporary developments in the field.
3. Analyze, compare and contrast cultures and societies and how they have identified and responded to human rights violations.
4. Consider the role of politicians, lawyers, human rights advocates, NGoS and other professionals in the development of and defining of human rights.
5. Consider and analyze the interdependence between a single societies response to its own human rights violations and the response of the dominant societies-often led by the United Nations.
6. Evaluate underlying motives and political implications in how the dominant society may respond to human rights violations.
7. Discuss and evaluate cultural relativity with respect to human rights violations and the methods by which human rights violations are identified and pursued in the context of culture, religion and the mores of a particular society.
Student Learning Outcomes
1.Demonstrate understanding of the historical, political and social development and definition of human rights and the laws that have evolved to both punish and protect.
Compare and discuss, with respect to countries throughout the world, the impact of local and international politics, and other underlying motives on the application and enforcement of human rights laws.
Evaluate the process of enforcement of human rights laws both within a country and throughout the world and examine the fairness and consistency of these processes.
Explore the role of the United Nations in the development of human rights laws; apply critical thought to the influence of dominant societies views, on what are human rights and what are violations of human rights.
Apply critical thought to the global integration and interdependence of such dominant organizations as the United Nations, NGOs and international organizations on local societies with respect to defining human rights violations and human rights law.
Understand the impact of culture, history, religion and other factors that influence customs and practices that define human rights and human rights violations.
Identify and explore service and employment options and their impact throughout the world, in the area of international human rights and the law.
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