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, 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 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 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 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
AFAS GU4080 SEM Topics in the Black Experience - Critical Race Theory Jean-Marie, V. 4.0
ANTH GR6157 SEM Idea of a Black Radical Tradition Scott, David 3.0
ANTH GR6170 SEM Law, History and Anthropology Messick, Brinkley 3.0
CPLS W4325 SEM Abolition Medicine: Medical Racism Dasgupta, Sayantani T 3.0
CSER GU4482 LEC Indigenous Peoples: Movements Stamatopoulou, Elsa 3.0
EDPA TC5016 LEC Educational Equality: Role of Law Heubert, J. 3.0
EDPS TC4024 SEM Social Stratification and Education Kim, J 3.0
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 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
INAF U4420 LEC Oil, Rights, Development Radon, Jenik 1.0
INAF U6144 SEM Media Campaigning and Social Change Shiffrin, Anya & Worden, Mary 3.0
INAF U6202 SEM Internet Governance, Human Rights, & Inclusive Policymaking (in the Digital Age) Micek, Peter 3.0
INAF U6352 LEC United Nations and Globalization Naujoks, Daniel 3.0
INAF U6376 SEM LGBT Rights Internationally: Contemporary Issues and Fundamental Principles Stern, Jessica 3.0
INAF U6403 LEC Regulating Reproduction: Care, Procreation & Equality Ergas, Yasmine 3.0
INAF U6405 LEC Human Rights and Development Policy Braun & Gearhart 3.0
INAF U6499 PRC Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy Practicum Friedman, Susannah 1.5
INAF U8180 SEM Human Rights Skills & Advocacy Becker, Jo 3.0
INAF U8351 SEM Race, Gender, and Political Change Powell, Jerri E. 1.5
INAF U8785 SEM Gender, Politics, and Development: Theory, Policy & Practice McGill, Eugenia & Maxine Weisgrau 3.0
INAF U6382 SEM Technology, National Security and the Citizen Wichowski, Alexis 3.0
INAF U6551Ê LEC Why We Fail: Lessons In Conflict Resolution and Atrocity Prevention Luck, Edward 3.0
INAF U6553 LEC Advancing Human Protection Luck, Edward 3.0
ITSF TC4603 LEC Human/Social Dimensions of Peace Tibbitts, Felisa 3.0
LAW L6229 SEM Ideas of the First Amendment Blasi, Vincent 4.0
LAW L6276 LEC Human Rights Cleveland, Sarah 3.0
LAW L6327 LEC Employment Law Barenberg, Mark 3.0
LAW L6357 LEC Public Health Law and Social Justice Goldman, Janlori 2.0
LAW L6459 LEC The Law of Genocide Rosensaft 2.0
LAW L6502 LEC Advanced Criminal Law: Death Penalty Fagan, Jeffrey 3.0
LAW L6506 LEC Gender Justice Franke, Katherine 3.0
LAW L8006 SEM Domestic Violence and the Law Leidholdt, Dorchin 2.0
LAW L8067 SEM The Defense Of Freedom Of Expression Around The World: The Role Of The Advocate Multiple 2.0
LAW L8194 SEM Antidiscrimination, Equality and the Law Johnson 2.0
LAW L8288 SEM Socio-Economic Rights: Theory and Practice Ahmed, Kayum 2.0
LAW L8816 SEM Advanced Negotiation Workshop Ross, David 2.0
LAW L8941 SEM International Criminal Law Damrosch, Lori 2.0
LAW L9164 SEM Labor Rights in a Global Economy Barenberg, Mark 3.0
LAW L9410 SEM Law and Policy of Homelessness Hopper, Kim & Foscarinis, Maria 2.0
MDES GU4349 LEC War, Internment, and Incarceration Mouradian, Khatchig 3.0
MDES GU4357 LEC War, Genocide, and Their Aftermath: Comp. Perspectives Mouradian, Khatchig 3.0
POLS GR6101 LEC Issues in Political Theory Isiksel, Turkuler 4.0
POPF P8607 LEC Health and Human Rights Advocacy Csete, Joanne 1.5
POPF P8609 SEM Human Rights Issues in Infectious Disease Emergencies Csete, Joanne 1.5
POPF P8620 Protecting Children in Humanitarian Settings Canavera, Mark 1.5
POPF P8665 LEC Global Perspectives on Reproductive Health Lynn, Collins 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
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
SOCW T7312 LEC Social Work with LGBTQ People and Communities Shugrue, Catherine 3.0
SOSC P8709 SEM Sexuality, Gender, Health and Human Rights Bishop, Emily 3.0
SOSC P8747 LEC The Ethics of Public Health Bayer, Ronald 3.0
WMST GU4303 SEM Gender, Globalization, Empire Moradian, Manijeh 4.0