Graduate Course List

Update Regarding the 2020-2021 Academic Year 
The 2020-2021 academic year will be comprised of three semesters: Fall 2020, Spring 2021, and Summer 2021. ISHR will offer courses in each of these terms. Please review this page for a list of ISHR courses and other pre-approved classes for the degree. Information about class formats for the fall term is also included below.

Teaching modalities for ISHR’s fall term courses will include: “online only” (classes conducted 100% remotely) and “hybrid” (classes that include in-person sessions, while simultaneously allowing all students to connect remotely for each session). Please note that hybrid courses will range in the number and frequency of in-person sessions. Additionally, the format for each course is subject to change and may be updated to reflect new developments, including faculty ability to teach on campus and public health regulations. As such, any in-person sessions may be modified to “online only” contingent on evolving public health and safety conditions. More information about the course format will be available in the course syllabus.

This page provides an overview of our course offerings for all three terms, to help students as they make decisions and plans for the academic year ahead. Please note that this schedule will be updated periodically and may be subject to change. Students are encouraged not only to revisit this page but also to confirm the course listings in the online Directory of Courses and Vergil, where course descriptions and class meeting times will be posted.

  • ISHR Fall 2020 Graduate Courses (Full-term)
  • HRTS GU4185 Human Rights and Global Economic Justice (Online Only)
  • HRTS GU4215 NGOs and the Human Rights Movement (Hybrid)
  • HRTS GU4230 Refugees, Forced Migration & Displacement (Online Only)
  • HRTS GU4400 Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Rights (Online Only)
  • HRTS GU4500 UN Treaty Bodies (Online Only)
  • HRTS GU4650 Children's Rights Advocacy (Hybrid)
  • HRTS GU4950 Human Rights and Human Wrongs (Hybrid)
  • HRTS GU4965 Gender-Based Violence and Human Rights (Online Only)
  • HRTS GR6020 sec. 001 Intro to Human Rights (Hybrid)
  • HRTS GR6020 sec. 002 Intro to Human Rights (Online Only)
  • HRTS GR6800 International Human Rights (Online Only)
  • HRTS GR6990 Human Rights Research Seminar (Online Only)
  • ISHR Spring 2021 Graduate Courses (Full-term)
  • HRTS GU4270 Social Media and Human Rights
  • HRTS GU4360 Menstruation, Gender, and Rights
  • HRTS GU4380 Advocating and Campaigning for Social and Economic Rights
  • HRTS GR 4600 Human Rights in the Anthropocene
  • HRTS GR4810 Religion and Human Rights
  • HRTS GU4880 Human Rights in the United States
  • HRTS GU4930 International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights  
  • HRTS UN5555 Human Rights and Oral History (Online Only)  
  • HRTS GR6800 International Human Rights Law
  • HRTS GR6990 Human Rights Research Seminar
  • ISHR Summer A 2021 Graduate Courses 
  • HRTS S4250 US Immigration Rights, Framing & Advocacy
  • HRTS S4020 Introduction to Human Rights
  • HRTS S4910 NGOs & The Human Rights Movement

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 GR6170 SEM Law, History and Anthropology Messick, Brinkley
CLEN GR6300 SEM Literature and Politics: Black Radicalism and the Archive Edwards, Brent H. 4.0
CLEN GU4550 LEC Narrative and Human Rights Slaughter, Joseph R
EDPA TC4086 LEC Law and Edu: Issues of Authority, Religion, Free Speech & Safety Heubert, J. 3.0
EPID P8489 LEC Epidemiology of the Mental Health Impact of Trauma, Violence and Loss in the Global South Neugebauer, Richard 3.0
HIST W4518 SEM Columbia University and Slavery Jacoby, Karl 4.0
HROH UN5555 SEM Human Rights & Oral History: Testimony, Memory, and Trauma Westhof, Zoe 4.0
HRTS GR6020 SEM Introduction to Human Rights Ikawa, Daniela 3.0
HRTS GR6020 SEM Introduction to Human Rights Rosenthal, Mila 3.0
HRTS GR6800 SEM International Human Rights Law Winkler, Inga
HRTS GR6990 SEM Human Rights Research Seminar Nettelfield, Lara 3.0
HRTS GU4215 SEM NGOs and the Human Rights Movement: Strategies, Successes and Challenges Bickford, Louis 3.0
HRTS GU4230 SEM Refugees, Forced Migration, and Displacement Nettelfield, Lara 3.0
HRTS GU4400 SEM Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Human Rights Currah, Paisley 3.0
HRTS GU4650 SEM Children's Rights Advocacy Becker & Bochenek 3.0
HRTS GU4900 SEM UN Human Rights Bodies: Impact, Reform, Advocacy Winkler, Inga 4.0
HRTS GU4950 SEM Human Rights and Human Wrongs Cronin, Bruce 3.0
HRTS GU4965 SEM Gender-Based Violence and Human Rights Rajan, Julie 3.0
HRTS GU4185 SEM Human Rights & Global Economic Justice Braun, Rainer 3.0
HRTS GR9040 - Internship Nettelfield, Lara 1.0
INAF U6041 SEM Corporations and Human Rights Bauer, Joanne 3.0
INAF U6143 LEC Gender, Globalization, and Human Rights Ergas, Yasmine 3.0
INAF U6375 LEC Gender and Livelihoods: From Displacement to Early Recovery Buscher, Dale 3.0
INAF U6490 SEM International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law Fischer, Horst 1.0
INAF U8166 SEM Rethinking Human Rights and Humanitarianism Barkan, Elazar 3.0
INAF U8189 SEM Politics of History and Reconciliation Barkan, Elazar 3.0
INAF U6173 SEM Migration and Human Development Naujoks, Daniel 3.0
INAF U6489 SEM Human Rights Research and Reporting Levine, Lain 3.0
ITSF TC4160 LEC Human Rights in Africa Letelier 3.0
ITSF TC4613 LEC International Perspectives on Peace and Human Rights Education Tibbitts, Felisa 3.0
ITSF TC5008 LEC Gender, Education, and International Development Bishop, E 3.0
LAW L6333 LEC Refugee, Migration and Citizenship Law: A Comparative Perspective TBA 3.0
LAW L6408 LEC Constitutional Law: Religious Liberty Hamburger, Philip 3.0
LAW L6428 LEC The Jurisprudence of Crime: Interdisciplinary Perspectives Fletcher, George 3.0
LAW L6473 LEC Labor Law Barenberg, Mark 4.0
LAW L8079 LEC Jurisprudence of War Fletcher & Paradis 3.0
LAW L8887 SEM September 11, The Trump Administration and the Rights of Non-Citizens Gelernt, Lee 2.0
LAW L8990 SEM Current Issues in Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Shapiro, Steven 2.0
LAW L9165 SEM Transitional Justice Simpson, Graeme 2.0
LAW L9219 SEM Critical Race Theory Thomas, Kendall 2.0
LAW L9563 SEM Mental Health Law Levy, Robert 2.0
LAW L9823 SEM Human Rights and the Question of Culture Thomas, Kendall 3.0
MDES GR8280 SEM Gender/Sexuality - Arab World Massad, Joseph 4.0
PHIL G9750 SEM Topics in Political Philosophy Honneth, Axel 3.0
POPF P8607 LEC Health and Human Rights Advocacy Csete, Joanne 1.5
POPF P8615 LEC Current Issues in Sexual Health Flynn, Andrea 3.0
POPF P8639 LEC Gender Based Violence in Complex Emergencies Potts, Alina 1.5
POPF P8676 LEC Epidemiological Methods for Measuring Human Rights Abuses Roberts, Leslie 1.5
REGN U6545 SEM Human Rights in West Balkans Domi, Tanya 1.5
SOSC P8750 LEC Race and Health Fullilove, Robert E. 3.0
WMST GU4000 SEM Genealogies of Feminism: Vision and Difference Hirsch, Marianne 4.0