Graduate Course List

  • ISHR Fall 2018 Graduate Courses
  •     HRTS GU4215 NGOs & the Human Rights Movement
  •     HRTS GU4230 Refugees, Forced Migration, and Displacement
  •     HRTS GR4300 Economic and Social Rights: Policy and Practice
  •     HRTS GU4650 Children's Rights Advocacy
  •     HRTS GU4900 UN Human Rights Bodies: Impact, Reform, Advocacy
  •     HRTS GU4915 Human Rights & Urban Public Space
  •     HRTS ​GU4950 Human Rights and Human Wrongs
  •     HRTS GR5404 Human Rights of Women
  •     HRTS GR6020 Introduction to Human Rights
  •     HRTS GR6800 International Human Rights Law
  •     HRTS GR6990 Human Rights Graduate Research Seminar

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: Gender, Sexuality & Labor Hendricks, Obery 4.0
AFAS GU4080 SEM Topics in the Black Experience: MLK and Radical Democracy Gooding-Williams, Robert 4.0
ANTH G6406 SEM The Modern State and the Colonial Subject Mamdani, Mahmood 3.0
ARCH A4780 SEM Architecture and Human Rights Scott, Felicity 3.0
CSER GU4220 SEM Narrative, Health, and Social Justice Dasgupta, Sayantani T 4.0
CSER GU4701 SEM Troubling the Color: Passing, Inter-racial Sex, and Ethnic Ambiguity Jacoby, Karl 4.0
ECON GU4480 LEC Gender and Applied Economics Edlund, Lena 3.0
EDPA TC4086 LEC Law and Edu: Issues of Authority, Religion, Free Speech & Safety Heubert, J 3.0
EDPA TC4199 LEC Issues: Topics in Higher Education Law Heubert, J. 3.0
HROH GR5555 SEM Human Rights & Oral History: Testimony, Memory, and Trauma Westhof, Zoe 4.0
HRTS GR5404 SEM Human Rights of Women Dauer, Sheila 3.0
HRTS GR6020 SEM Introduction to Human Rights Ikawa, D. or Chuman, J. 3.0
HRTS GR6800 SEM International Human Rights Law Winkler, Inga 3.0
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 GU4300 SEM Economic and Social Rights: Policy and Practice Rosenthal, Mila 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 GR9040 - Internship Nettelfield, Lara 1.0
HRTS GU4915 SEM Human Rights and Urban Public Space Chasin, Noah 3.0
INAF U6041 SEM Corporations and Human Rights Bauer, Joanne 3.0
INAF U6143 LEC Gender, Globalization, and Human Rights Ergas, Yasmine 3.0
INAF U6144 SEM Media Campaigning and Social Change Shiffrin, Anya 3.0
INAF U6375 LEC Gender and Livelihoods Buscher, Dale 3.0
INAF U6381 SEM Gender, Armed Conflict, and Peacebuilding Davis, Lisa 3.0
INAF U6405 LEC Human Rights and Development Policy Braun & Gearhart 3.0
INAF U6490 SEM International Humanitarian Law Fischer, Horst 1.0
INAF U8166 SEM Rethinking Human Rights and Humanitarianism Barkan, Elazar and Yasmine Ergas 3.0
INAF U8189 SEM Politics of History and Reconciliation Barkan, Elazar 3.0
INAF U8370 SEM Promoting Decent Work & Labor Rights Martin, Scott 3.0
INAF U8892 WRK Business and Human Rights Clinic Bauer, Joanne 3.0
INAF U6173 SEM Migration and Human Development Naujoks, Daniel 3.0
INAF U6765 SEM The European Union, the United States and International Human Rights Wouters, Jan 1.5
ITSF TC4160 LEC Human Rights in Africa Russell, S
ITSF TC4613 LEC International Perspectives on Peace and Human Rights Education Tibbitts, Felisa 3.0
ITSF TC5008 LEC Gender, Education, and International Development Cortina, Regina 3.0
LAW L6276 LEC Human Rights Cleveland, Sarah 3.0
LAW L6506 LEC Gender Justice Franke, Katherine 3.0
LAW L6510 LEC Topics in Education Law Heubert, Jay 1.5
LAW L8067 SEM The Defense Of Freedom Of Expression Around The World: The Role Of The Advocate Yeginsu, Can 2.0
LAW L8079 LEC Jurisprudence of War Fletcher, George 3.0
LAW L8155 SEM Civil Rights Lawyering in the Modern Era Perez, Myrma 3.0
LAW L8286 SEM Seminar Victims' Rights Fletcher, George P 2.0
LAW L8291 SEM Advanced Human Rights Practicum Cleveland, Sarah 3.0
LAW L8869 SEM The Legal History of American Slavery Glass, Maeve 2.0
LAW L8887 SEM September 11 and the Rights of Non-Citizens Gelernt, Lee 2.0
LAW L8942 SEM International Criminal Courts: Progress, Problems and Prospects Dicker, Richard 2.0
LAW L8990 SEM Current Issues in Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Shapiro, Steven 2.0
LAW L8996 SEM The Constitution Amar, Akhil 2.0
LAW L9328 SEM Political Theory and the First Amendment Blasi, Vincent 3.0
LAW L9377 SEM Enforcing International Law Damrosch, Lori 1.5
LAW L9563 SEM Mental Health Law Levy, Robert 2.0
LAW L9827 SEM Schools, Courts and Civic Participation Rebell, Michael 2.0
POLS GR6101 LEC Issues in Political Theory Urbinati, Nadia 4.0
POPF P8615 LEC Current Issues in Sexual Health Multiple 3.0
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