Undergraduate Courses

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  • ISHR 2017-2018 Undergraduate Courses
  • HRTS UN3001 Introduction to Human Rights
  • HRTS UN3190 International Human Rights Law
  • HRTS UN3995 Human Rights Senior Seminar
  • HRTS UN3996 Human Rights Thesis Seminar
  • HRTS GU4215 ​NGOs and the Human Rights Movement
  • HRTS GU4230 Refugees, Forced Migration, and Displacement
  • HRTS GU4270 Social Media and Human Rights
  • HRTS GR4300 Economic and Social Rights: Policy and Practice
  • HRTS GU4500 Socio-Economic ​​Rights​:Selected Issues
  • HRTS GU4600 Human Rights in the Anthropocene
  • HRTS GU4650 Children's Rights Advocacy
  • HRTS GU4810 Religion and Human Rights
  • HRTS GU4900 UN Human Rights Bodies: Impact, Reform, Advocacy
  • HRTS GU4915 Human Rights & Urban Public Space
  • HRTS GU4930 International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
  • HRTS​ ​GU4950 Human Rights and Human Wrongs

Each semester, the program publishes a list of pre-approved courses that fulfill major or concentration requirements as well as a list of additional courses of potential interest. Courses that are not on the pre-approved list may also be approved for the degree if the student can demonstrate that he or she can complete substantial coursework specifically focusing on human rights in that course.

The following 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, including the syllabus if available, to uhrp@columbia.edu.

We try to keep this information as up-to-date as possible, but students should confirm course times and locations with the Directory of Classes  or the department offering the course.

Before each semester’s registration period, students should submit an online Course Advising Form in order to confirm that courses of interest will fulfill remaining degree requirements.

For additional information on requirements and course advising, please see the major and concentration requirements pages.

Major - Pre-approved distributional courses

In order to fulfill the distributional requirement of the major, students must take one course in three of these four categories: Politics and History; Culture and Representation; Political Theory and Philosophy; and Social and Economic Processes. Please see the major requirements for additional information about this program.
The following courses fulfill the distributional requirement of the major. Students wishing to take courses not on this list should refer to course advising procedure mentioned above.

Concentration - Pre-approved courses

All pre-approved distributional courses for the major may be counted towards the concentration.

Additional courses

These are additional courses that may be of 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
AMST UN3931 SEM Race, Poverty, American Criminal Justice Price, Cathleen 4.0
AMST UN3931 LEC The Sixties Delbanco & Lehecka 4.0
ANTH V3977M292 SEM Trauma Seeley, Karen 4.0
CLGM UN3005 SEM Dictatorships and Their Afterlives Antoniou, Dimitrios 3.0
CSER GU4482 LEC Indigenous Peoples' Rights: From Local Identities to the Global Indigenous Movement Stamatopoulou, Elsa 3.0
ECON GU4480 LEC Gender and Applied Economics Edlund, Lena 3.0
EDPS TC4024 SEM Social Stratification and Education Ready, D. 3.0
FYSB BC1138 SEM Free Speech in the Age of Neoliberalism Salyer, John 3.0
FYSB BC1198 SEM People, Power and Protest Brady 3.0
HIST UN3518 SEM Columbia University and Slavery Jacoby, Karl 4.0
HIST UN3928 SEM Comp. Slavery & Abolition in the Atlantic Lightfoot, Natasha 4.0
HRTS BC1025 LEC Human Rights in Theory and Practice Martin, J. Paul 3.0
HRTS BC3850 SEM Human Rights and Public Health Mollman & Brown 4.0
HRTS GU4270 SEM Social Media and Human Rights Perlmutter, Ted 3.0
HRTS GU4400 SEM Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Human Rights Reid, Graeme 3.0
HRTS GU4500 SEM Socio-Economic Rights: Selected Issues Winkler, Inga 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 GU4910 SEM Children's Rights, Armed Conflict & Peacebuilding Holland, Tracey 3.0
HRTS GU4930 SEM Int'l Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Cronin, Bruce 4.0
HRTS UN3190 SEM International Human Rights Law PoKempner, Dinah 3.0
HRTS UN3995 SEM Human Rights Senior Seminar Winkler, Inga 4.0
HRTS UN3996 SEM Human Rights Thesis Seminar Rosenthal, Mila 3.0
MDES GU4357 LEC War, Genocide, and Their Aftermath: Comp. Perspectives Mouradian, Khatchig 3.0
POLS BC3254 LEC First Amendment Values Franzese, Paula 3.0
POLS BC3601 SEM International Law and UN in Practice Flaherty, Martin 4.0
POLS UN3912 SEM Global Justice and Human Rights Maria G Kowalski 4.0
POLS UN3912 SEM Religion, Democracy and Human Rights Elster, Jon 4.0
POLS UN3922 SEM American Politics Seminar: First Amendment Harris, Fredrick 4.0
POLS UN3962 SEM International Politics Seminar: Debating Human Rights Snyder, Jack 4.0
POLS UN3962 SEM The UN at 70: Past to Present Brancati, Dawn 4.0
SOCI BC3913 SEM Race, Class, Gender & Sexuality in U.S. Law & Society Salyer, John 4.0
SOCI UN3915 SEM Stigma and Discrimination Hatzenbuehler, Mark 4.0
SOCI W3960 SEM Problems of Law and Society - Law, Science & Society Cole, Jonathan 4.0
WMST BC3132 SEM Gendered Controversies: Women's Bodies & Global Conflicts Jakobsen, Janet 4.0
WMST G4000 SEM Genealogies of Feminism: Bodies Carnalities Tadiar, Neferti 4.0
WMST GU4000 SEM Genealogies of Feminism: Gender, Culture, Rights Abu-Lughod, Lila 4.0