Violence, Human Rights, and Justice OpenCourseWare: A Free Undergraduate Social Science Course on Human Rights by MIT

Published Feb 04, 2009

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In 'Violence, Human Rights and Justice,' an OpenCourseWare project from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, students examine the role of human rights in defending citizens against political violence. This free self-study course may be particularly useful for students interested in or currently pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology.

Violence, Human Rights and Justice: Course Specifics

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Violence, Human Rights and Justice: Course Description

'Violence, Human Rights and Justice' explores the human rights model as a means to support peace and freedom; conversely, the course explores political violence as the antithesis of those rights. Professor Erica James taught this seminar course on the MIT campus as part of the curriculum for the Anthropology department. OpenCourseWare students may access Professor James' lecture notes online for self-directed study. The lectures use several ethnographic case studies to investigate and debate problems within the human rights framework. Case study examples are pulled from countries around the world, including Haiti, South Africa, Rwanda and Argentina. Students examine arguments regarding the nature of violence and assess the implied views of reality in those arguments. The course also challenges the capacity of the human rights model, analyzing its ability to address conflicts across religions, genders and cultures.

This OpenCourseWare consists of a series of lecture notes, a film list, essay and study questions, a reading list and sample student papers. To access this free online course, visit the human rights course page.

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