Graduate Course List

  • ISHR Spring 2020 Graduate Courses
  •     HRTS GU4185 Human Rights & Global Economic Justice
  •     HRTS GU4195 Topics in History, Memory, & Transitional Justice
  •     HRTS GU4270 Social Media & Human Rights
  •     HRTS GU4360 Menstruation, Gender, and Rights
  •     HRTS ​GU4380 Advocating & Campaigning for Social & Econ Rights
  •     HRTS GU4600 Human Rights in the Anthropocene
  •     HRTS GU4810 Religion and Human Rights 
  •     HRTS GU4880 International Humanitarian Law & Human Rights
  •     HRTS GR5600 Politics, Power & Trauma in Oral History
  •     HRTS GR6990 Human Rights Graduate Research Seminar
  •     HRTS GR6800 International Human Rights Law

As part of Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), our students take courses in a range of departments, including Political Science, Religion, Anthropology, Women’s Studies, and Sociology. Students can also take human rights related courses offered by other schools at Columbia.

Each semester, the program publishes a list of courses of potential interest to graduate students. We try to keep this information as up-to-date as possible, but students should also consult the Directory of Classes, departments offering the course, and school bulletins for additional course information when planning their course schedules.

This course list is subject to change upon receipt of additional course information. If you would like to suggest an addition or modification to this list, please email relevant course information and syllabi to Courses that are not on the pre-approved list may also fulfill degree requirements if the student can demonstrate that he or she can complete substantial coursework specifically focusing on human rights in that course.

Before each semester’s registration period, students should confer with the program to verify that courses of interest fulfill degree requirements. Students should submit courses under consideration via the online Course Advising Form.

Approval of a class for the degree does not guarantee enrollment in that course. Students are responsible for following all registration and cross-registration procedures. Consult the Directory of Classes and individual departments/instructors regarding any permission/application/prerequisites needed for a course.

Types of Courses

Pre-Approved Courses

Pre-Approved Courses automatically count towards the degree as an elective human rights course. They fulfill the concentration requirement of the degree, depending on the student’s selected concentration.

Additional courses

These courses are additional courses of potential interest to human rights students. Courses on this list, as well as others listed on the Directory of Classes, may fulfill degree requirements if the student can demonstrate that he or she can complete substantial coursework specifically focusing on human rights. Students who would like to count one of these courses towards the degree should consult with the program.


Dept Course # Format Title Instructor(s) Credits
ANTH GR6157 SEM Idea of a Black Radical Tradition Scott, David 3.0
CSER GU4484 SEM Cultural Rights as Human Rights Stamatopoulou, Elsa 4.0
CSER GU4340 SEM Visionary Medicine: Racial Justice, Health and Speculative Fictions Dasgupta, Sayantani T 4.0
EDPA TC5016 LEC Educational Equality: Role of Law Heubert, J. 3.0
HRTS GR5600 SEM Politics, Power & Trauma in Oral History Westhof, Zoe 1.5
HRTS GR6800 SEM International Human Rights Law Cooper, Belinda 3.0
HRTS GR6990 SEM Human Rights Research Seminar Nettelfield, Lara 3.0
HRTS GR6990 SEM Human Rights Research Seminar Holland, Tracey 3.0
HRTS GU4185 SEM Human Rights & Global Economic Justice Braun, Rainer 3.0
HRTS GU4195 SEM Topics in History, Memory, and Transitional Justice Adler, Nanci 3.0
HRTS GU4270 SEM Social Media and Human Rights Perlmutter, Ted 3.0
HRTS GU4360 SEM Menstruation, Gender, and Rights Winkler, Inga 3.0
HRTS GU4380 SEM Advocating and Campaigning for Social and Economic Rights Rosenthal, Mila 3.0
HRTS GU4600 SEM Human Rights in the Anthropocene Chasin, Noah 3.0
HRTS GU4810 SEM Religion and Human Rights Chuman, Joseph 3.0
HRTS GU4880 SEM Human Rights in the United States Nettelfield, Lara 3.0
HRTS GU4930 SEM Int'l Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Cronin, Bruce 4.0
HRTS GR9040 - Internship Nettelfield, Lara 1.0
IAIA U6350 SEM Refugees, Public Policy, and Development in Turkey Naujoks, Daniel 3.0
INAF U4420 LEC Oil, Rights, Development Radon, Jenik 1.0
INAF U6202 SEM Communications Policy in the Digital Age Micek, Peter 3.0
INAF U6352 LEC United Nations and Globalization Jenks, Bruce 3.0
INAF U6376 SEM LGBT Rights Internationally Stern, Jessica 3.0
INAF U8180 SEM Human Rights Skills & Advocacy Becker, Jo 3.0
INAF U8785 SEM Gender, Politics, and Development McGill, Eugenia & Maxine Weisgrau 3.0
INAF U6382 SEM Technology, National Security and the Citizen Wichowski, Alexis 3.0
INAF U6551 LEC Why We Fail: Lessons In Conflict Resolution Luck, Edward 3.0
INAF U6553 LEC Advancing Human Protection Luck, Edward 3.0
ITSF TC4160 LEC Human Rights in Africa Russell, S 3.0
LAW L6333 LEC Refugee Law and Policy 2.0
LAW L6357 LEC Public Health Law and Social Justice Goldman, Janlori 2.0
LAW L6407 LEC Advanced Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties - 1st Amendment Kessler, J 3.0
LAW L6459 LEC The Law of Genocide Rosensaft 2.0
LAW L6473 LEC Labor Law Barenberg, Mark 4.0
LAW L6511 LEC Education Equality: Role of Law 2.0
LAW L8006 SEM Domestic Violence and the Law Leidholdt, Dorchin 2.0
LAW L8044 SEM Human Rights at Home: Domestic Human Rights Advocacy Kaufman, Risa 1.5
LAW L8288 SEM Socio-Economic Rights: Theory and Practice Ahmed, Kayum 2.0
LAW L8941 SEM International Criminal Law Damrosch, Lori 2.0
LAW L9383 SEM International Humanitarian Law Rona, Gabor 2.0
LAW L9410 SEM Law and Policy of Homelessness Hopper, Kim 2.0
LAW L9827 SEM Schools, Courts and Civic Participation Rebell, Michael 2.0
LAW W8829 COL International Human Rights Advocacy Shamsi, Hina 2.0
NMED PS5220 LEC Narrative, Health, and Social Justice Dasgupta, Sayantani 4.0
PHIL G9750 SEM Topics in Political Philosophy Neuhouser, Frederick 3.0
POPF P8607 LEC Health and Human Rights Advocacy Csete, Joanne 1.5
POPF P8610 LEC SRH and HIV/AIDS: Clinical, Policy and Program Perspectives Collins, Lynn 3.0
POPF P8620 Protecting Children in Humanitarian Settings Canavera, Mark 1.5
POPF P8639 LEC Gender Based Violence in Complex Emergencies Potts, Alina 1.5
POPF P8665 LEC Global Perspectives on Reproductive Health de Pinho, Helen 3.0
POPF P8683 LEC Psychosocial and Mental Health Issues in Forced Migration Wessells, Michael 1.5
POPF P8686 SEM The Protection of Human Rights in the Contemporary World Zard, Monette 1.5
POPF P9630 SEM Applying Ethical and Human Rights Practice in Public Health Santelli, John 1.5
PUAF U8353 SEM Race Policy American Politics Greer, Christina 3.0
REGN U6149 SEM Energy, Corporate Responsibility, and Human Rights Radon, Jenik 3.0
REGN U6410 SEM Social Movements and Citizenship in Africa Prais, Jinny 3.0
SOCI UN3937 SEM Sociology of Human Rights McGunnigle-Gonzales, Rosemary 4.0
SOSC P8709 SEM Sexuality, Gender, Health and Human Rights Bishop, Emily 3.0
WMST GU4506 SEM Gender Justice Franke, Katherine 4.0
WMST GU4506 SEM Gender Justice Franke, Katherine 4.0