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 Fall 2022 Graduate Courses
  • HRTS GU4215 NGOs and the Human Rights Movement
  • HRTS GU4400 Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Rights 
  • HRTS GU4500 Socio-Economic Rights
  • HRTS GU4650 Children's Rights Advocacy 
  • HRTS GU4915 Human Rights and Urban Public Space 
  • HRTS GU4920 Courts as Gatekeepers: Two-Level Politics
  • HRTS GU4950 Human Rights and Human Wrongs 
  • HRTS GU4965 Gender-Based Violence and Human Rights
  • HRTS GR5555 Oral History and Justice: Memory
  • HRTS GR6020 Introduction to 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. 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 GR6406 SEM The Modern State and the Colonial Subject Mamdani, Mahmood 3.0
ECON GU4465 LEC Gender and Applied Economics Edlund, Lena 3.0
EDPA TC5016 LEC Education & the Law: Equity Issues Rebell, M. 3.0
HRTS G6800 SEM International Human Rights Law Dugard, Jackie 3.0
HRTS W4650 SEM Children's Rights Advocacy Becker & Bochenek 3.0
HRTS W4915 SEM Human Rights and Urban Public Space Chasin, Noah 3.0
INAF U6490 SEM Int'l Humanitarian Law and Human Rights in Wars Fischer, Horst 3.0
MDES GU4357 LEC War, Genocide, and Their Aftermath: Comp. Perspectives Mouradian, Khatchig 4.0
INAF U6173 SEM Migration and Human Development Naujoks, Daniel 3.0
INAF U6489 SEM Human Rights Research and Reporting Levine, Iain 3.0
CLEN W4550 LEC Narrative and Human Rights Slaughter, Joseph R. 3.0
HPMN P8214 Law & Policy: Mass Incarceration in the United States Stroud, Hernandez 1.5
HROH UN5555 SEM Oral History and Justice: Memory Westhof, Zoe 4.0
HRTS G4215 SEM NGOs and the Human Rights Movement: Strategies, Successes and Challenges Bickford, Louis 3.0
HRTS G4400 SEM Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Human Rights Currah, Paisley 3.0
HRTS G4500 SEM Socio-Economic Rights Dugard, Jackie 3.0
HRTS G4950 SEM Human Rights and Human Wrongs Cronin, Bruce 3.0
HRTS GR6020 SEM Introduction to Human Rights Ikawa, Daniela 3.0
HRTS GR6020 SEM Introduction to Human Rights Rosenthal, Mila 3.0
HRTS GR6990 SEM Human Rights Research Seminar Silva, Caroline 3.0
HRTS W4920 SEM Courts as Gatekeepers: The Two-Level Politics of Human Rights Silva, Caroline 3.0
HRTS W4965 SEM Gender-Based Violence and Human Rights Rajan, Julie 3.0
HRTS GR9040 Internship Dugard, Jackie
INAF U6041 SEM Corporations and Human Rights Bauer, Joanne 3.0
INAF U6143 LEC Gender, Globalization, and Human Rights Ergas, Yasmine 3.0
INAF U6343 SEM Global Governance: Climate Change & Migration Naujoks, Daniel 3.0
INAF U6375 LEC Gender and Livelihoods: From Displacement to Early Recovery Buscher, Dale 1.5
INAF U6490 SEM International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law Fischer, Horst 1.0
INAF U8166 SEM Rethinking Human Rights & Humanitarianism Barkan, Elazar 3.0
INAF U8189 SEM Politics of History and Reconciliation Barkan, Elazar 3.0
ITSF TC4160 LEC Human Rights in Africa: Politics, Policies, and Pedagogies Russell, S 3.0
LAW L6276 LEC Human Rights Cleveland, Sarah; Flaherty, Martin 3.0
LAW L6333 LEC Refugee, Migration and Citizenship Law: A Comparative Perspective Benhabib, Seyla 3.0
LAW L8020 SEM Global Poverty and Human Rights Perelman 2.0
LAW L8887 SEM September 11, The Trump Administration 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 L9032 SEM Breakthrough in Abolition Through Transformative Learning Exchange Sturm, Susan and Rodriguez, Alejo 2.0
LAW L9165 SEM Transitional Justice Simpson, Graeme 2.0
LAW L9219 SEM Critical Race Theory Thomas, Kendall
LAW L9377 SEM Enforcing International Law Damrosch, Lori 2.0
LAW L9563 SEM Mental Health Law Levy, Robert 2.0
MDES GR8280 SEM Gender/Sexuality - Arab World Massad, Joseph 4.0
PHIL G9750 SEM Topics in Political Philosophy Honneth, Axel 3.0
POLS GR6101 LEC Issues in Political Theory Johnston, David 4.0
POPF P8607 LEC Health and Human Rights Advocacy Ahmed, Kayum 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 P8641 SEM Reproductive Justice Movements: Black Bodies in a Patriarchal Society Mapp Frett, Latanya 1.5
POPF P8676 LEC Epidemiological Methods for Measuring Human Rights Abuses Rohini, Haar 1.5
PUAF U8349 SEM Intersections of Race and Power in Development Wakefield, Shawna 3.0
REGN U6545 SEM Human Rights in the West Balkans Domi, Tanya 1.5
SOSC P8750 LEC Race and Health Fullilove, Robert E. 3.0
SUMA K5888 LEC Geographies of Environmental Justice and Sustainability TBA 3.0
WMST W4235 SEM Indigenous Feminisms Simpson, Audra; Karuka, Manu 4.0