Summer Sessions | Courses | Human Rights

Summer 2022 courses are being added on a rolling basis. Please check back frequently for updates. Registration opens March 1.

Human Rights

Established in 1978, the ISHR at Columbia University is committed to providing excellent human rights education to Columbia students, fostering innovative interdisciplinary academic research, and offering its expertise in capacity building to human rights leaders, organizations, and universities around the world. Courses include active engagement with the world of human rights practitioners, and emphasize the connection between the study and practice of human rights.

Courses can be taken independently or as part of a four-course Certification of Professional Achievement in Human Rights.

Check the Directory of Classes for the most up-to-date course information.

Summer 2022 Session Information

  • SESSION A (First Half Term) courses are May 23–July 1, 2022
  • SESSION B (Second Half Term) courses are July 5–August 12, 2022
  • SESSION X (Full Term) courses are May 23–August 12, 2022
Courses
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INTRODUCTION TO HUMAN RIGHTS
HRTS4020S001 3 points.

This course will provide a wide-ranging survey of conceptual foundations and issues in contemporary human rights. The class will examine the philosophical origins of human rights, contemporary debates, the evolution of human rights, key human rights documents, and the questions of human rights enforcement. This course will examine specific civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights and various thematic topics in human rights.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
HRTS4020S001 001/10226 Session A Mo 10:00 AM–01:10 PM
Fr 10:00 AM–01:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Sandra Sirota
3 Registration Block
(w/ Self-Managed Wait List)
In-Person
HUM RIGHTS/GLOBAL ECON JUSTICE
HRTS4185S001 3 points.
The world economy is a patchwork of competing and complementary interests among and between governments, corporations, and civil society. These stakeholders at times cooperate and also conflict over issues of global poverty, inequality, and sustainability. What role do human rights play in coordinating the different interests that drive global economic governance? This seminar will introduce students to different structures of global governance for development, trade, labor, finance, the environment, migration, and intellectual property and investigate their relationship with human rights. Students will learn about public, private, and mixed forms of governance, analyze the ethical and strategic perspectives of the various stakeholders and relate them to existing human rights norms. The course will examine the work of multilateral organizations such as the United Nations and the International Financial Institutions, as well as international corporate and non-governmental initiatives.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
HRTS4185S001 001/10228 Session A Tu 05:30 PM–08:40 PM
Th 05:30 PM–08:40 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Rainer Braun
3 Registration Block
(w/ Self-Managed Wait List)
In-Person
NGOS&THE HUMAN RIGHTS MOVEMENT
HRTS4215S001 3 points.
The human rights movement is one of the most successful social justice movements of our time, establishing universal principles that govern how states should treat citizens and non-citizens. The movement strengthens, and is strengthened by, a complex web of institutions, laws, and norms that constitute a functioning global system that builds on itself progressively, animated by strong NGOs. The course will address the evolution of the international human rights movement and on the NGOs that drive the movement on the international, regional and domestic levels. Sessions will highlight the experiences of major human rights NGOs and will address topics including strategy development, institutional representation, research methodologies, partnerships, networks, venues of engagement, campaigning, fundraising and, perhaps most importantly, the fraught and complex debates about adaptation to changing global circumstances.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
HRTS4215S001 001/10227 Session A Mo 05:30 PM–08:40 PM
We 05:30 PM–08:40 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Louis Bickford
3 Registration Block
(w/ Self-Managed Wait List)
In-Person
INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW
HRTS4220S001 3 points.
This course introduces the fundamental concepts and problems of international human rights law. What are the origins of modern human rights law? What is the substance of this law, who is obligated by it, and how is it enforced? The course will cover the major international human rights treaties and mechanisms and consider some of today's most significant human rights issues and controversies. While the topics are necessarily law-related, the course will assume no prior exposure to legal studies.
Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
HRTS4220S001 001/10229 Session B Tu 01:00 PM–04:10 PM
Th 01:00 PM–04:10 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Belinda Cooper
3 Registration Block
(w/ Self-Managed Wait List)
In-Person
US IMMIGRATION:RGHTS,FRAMING,
HRTS4250S001 3 points.

This course will contribute to enabling students to engage in advocacy for immigrant and refugee rights in the present debates over American immigration policy. Students will gain an understanding of how policy developments in the last half century have contributed to our present policy dilemmas. They will be able to articulate how the political party and interest group alliances/configurations have produced such policies. They will also be able to delineate the strengths and limits of a human rights approach in framing claims for a more humane immigration policy, particularly in contexts where national laws and domestic political considerations have constrained these choices.

Course Number Section/Call Number Session Times/Location
HRTS4250S001 001/10230 Session B Mo 05:30 PM–08:40 PM
We 05:30 PM–08:40 PM

Instructor Points Enrollment Method of Instruction
Ted Perlmutter
3 Registration Block
(w/ Self-Managed Wait List)
In-Person