Graduate Course List

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 2023 Graduate Courses
  • HRTS GU4270 Social Media and Human Rights 
  • HRTS GU4380 Advocating and Campaigning for Social and Economic Rights
  • HRTS GU4460 Climate Justice  
  • HRTS GU4600 Human Rights in the Anthropocene 
  • 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

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.

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
CPLS GU4325 SEM Abolition Medicine: Medical Racism Dasgupta, Sayantani T. 3.0
CSER GU4482 LEC Indigenous Peoples: Movements Stamatopoulou, Elsa 3.0
HRTS GR9040 Internship Dugard, Jackie
INAF U8180 SEM Human Rights Skills & Advocacy Becker, Jo 3.0
LAW L9410 SEM Law and Policy of Homelessness Hopper, Kim 2.0
POPF P8665 LEC Global Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Lynn, Collins 3.0
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
HRTS GU4880 SEM Human Rights in the United States Chia, Joy 3.0
ANTH GR6157 SEM Idea of a Black Radical Tradition Scott, David 3.0
EMPA U6452 SEM Social Justice Movements in the Age of Social Media TBA 3.0
HRTS GR6800 SEM International Human Rights Law Cooper, Belinda 3.0
HRTS GR6800 SEM International Human Rights Law Dugard, Jackie 3.0
HRTS GR6990 SEM Human Rights Research Seminar Lang, Ariella 3.0
HRTS GR6990 SEM Human Rights Research Seminar Braun, Rainer 3.0
HRTS GU4270 SEM Social Media and Human Rights Perlmutter, Ted 3.0
HRTS GU4380 SEM Advocating and Campaigning for Social and Economic Rights Rosenthal, Mila 3.0
HRTS GU4460 SEM Climate Justice Dugard, Jackie 3.0
HRTS GU4600 SEM Human Rights in the Anthropocene Chasin, Noah 3.0
HRTS GU4930 SEM Int'l Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Cronin, Bruce 4.0
HRTS GU4995 LEC Education in Conflict Zones El-Haj, Thea 4.0
INAF U6123 SEM Storytelling for Social Change: Skills and Narratives Chisholm, Nicole Jamiyla 3.0
INAF U6202 SEM Internet Governance and Human Rights Micek, Peter 3.0
INAF U6403 LEC Regulating Reproduction: Care, Procreation & Equality Ergas, Yasmine 3.0
INAF U6405 LEC Human Rights and the Politics of Inequality Braun, Rainer & Gearhart, Judith A 3.0
INAF U6462 SEM Collaborative Social Justice and Health TBA 1.0
INAF U6499 PRC Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy Practicum Barkan, Elazar 1.5
INAF U6548 SEM Human Rights in Central and Eastern Europe Sethi, Sanjay 1.5
INAF U8359 SEM Debate over US Racial Reparations Mann, Linda 3.0
INAF U8785 SEM Gender, Politics, and Development: Theory, Policy & Practice McGill, Eugenia & Weisgrau, Maxine 3.0
INAF U6376 SEM Transnational LGBTI Rights Reid, Graeme 3.0
INAF U6382 SEM Technology, National Security and the Citizen Wichowski, Alexis 3.0
INAF U6765 SEM The European Union and Human Rights Wouters, Jan 1.5
LAW GR8829 COL International Human Rights Advocacy Shamsi, Hina 2.0
LAW L6327 LEC Employment Law Barenberg, Mark 3.0
LAW L6459 LEC The Law of Genocide Rosensaft, Menachem 2.0
LAW L6473 LEC Labor Law TBA 4.0
LAW L6506 LEC Gender Justice Franke, Katherine 2.0
LAW L8006 SEM Domestic Violence and the Law Leidholdt, Dorchin 2.0
LAW L8941 SEM International Criminal Law Damrosch, Lori 2.0
LAW L9164 SEM Labor Rights in a Global Economy Barenberg, Mark 2.0
LAW L9383 SEM International Humanitarian Law Rona, Gabor 2.0
POPF P8607 LEC Health and Human Rights Advocacy Ahmed, Kayum 1.5
POPF P8620 Protecting Children in Humanitarian Settings Canavera, Mark and Hanna-Tina Fisher 1.5
POPF P8635 SEM Realizing Global LGBTI Health and Human Rights: Activism, Advocacy, and Humanitarian Action Canavera, Mark 1.5
POPF P8682 SEM Abortion in the United States: Politics, Policy and Provision Flynn, Andrea 1.5
PUAF U8351 SEM Race, Gender and Political Change Powell, Jeri 1.5
PUAF U8353 SEM Race Policy & American Politics Greer, Christina 3.0
SDEV PS5040 LEC ESG-Aligned Corporate Governance Gordon, A. or Wasser, J. 3.0
SUMA K5888 LEC Geographies of Environmental Justice and Sustainability Williams, John 3.0