11.164 / 11.497 Human Rights in Theory and Practice

Spring 2005

Grieving widow.
Aweda Abed Al-Amer, 48, grieves over two members of her family found in a mass grave in Musayib, south of Baghdad, Iraq. (Image by Thomas Hartwell, courtesy of USAID.)

Course Highlights

This course features a full set of readings, by session, and a set of related Web resources from the class.

Course Description

This course provides a rigorous and critical introduction to the foundation, structure and operation of the international human rights movement. It includes leading theoretical and institutional issues and the functioning of the international human rights mechanisms including non-governmental and inter-governmental ones. It covers cutting-edge human rights issues including gender and race discrimination, religion and state, national security and terrorism, globalization and human rights, and technology and human rights.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.

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Prof. Balakrishnan Rajagopal

Course Meeting Times

Two sessions / week
1.5 hours / session


Undergraduate / Graduate