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Instructor: Dunn, Elizabeth Cullen
Day & Time: MW 9:05 AM- 11:20 AM
Building & Room: Shea Hall 021
Credit Hours: 3.0
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Start Date: 1/12/2015 End Date: 3/7/2015

One of the most important, and most unnoticed, developments in international politics since the end of the Cold War is the rise of an international humanitarian order. Now one of the defining features of 21st century liberalism, the humanitarian order encompasses a tight network of global institutions, NGOs, and national governments, as well as people labeled as "donors," "aid workers," "life savers," "victims,""perpetrators," and "beneficiaries." In this course, we will examine the growth of the humanitarian system, the ways it shapes international politics, and the ways it shapes both humanitarians and beneficiaries. What notions of individuality and human rights are mobilized in the discourse of humanitarianism? What kinds of action, including militarism and the erosion of state sovereignty, do humanitarian orders permit? What kind of time frames do ideas of "emergency" and "disaster" create for political leaders? What international institutions have grown up around the saving of lives, and how do they function? How are people transformed as they interact with new regimes of violence and care?


Instructor: Muehlenbein, Michael P
Day & Time: F 2:00 PM- 4:30 PM
Building & Room: Cedar Hall C102
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirements:
Start Date: 3/9/2015 End Date: 5/8/2015

"One Health" reflects the core concept in global health that we are deeply connected with our environment, that our health is influenced by how the health of nonhuman animals (wildlife and livestock) is managed throughout the world, and that our health ultimately affects the sustainability of ecosystems. It calls upon the collaboration of physicians, veterinaries, public health professionals, ecologists, policy makers, and others to identify the complex environmental causes of infectious diseases and provide possible interventions. It focuses, in part, on describing the ecological and population factors responsible for the emergence and reemergence of infectious diseases in humans and nonhuman animals, emphasizing the interrelationships among our species.


Instructor: Waters, Timothy William
Day & Time: MT 4:30 PM- 5:55 PM
Building & Room: Law 124
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirements:
Start Date: 1/15/2015 End Date: 5/8/2015

HUMAN RIGHTS. The idea of human rights has become one of the dominant organizing principles of the modern international system ¿ and in particular, the idea that human rights are a legal construct. Though its provisions are often ignored and its content contested, the claim that humans have certain rights which law must respect has proved a powerful rhetorical and political device; its propositions are appropriated by actors across the political spectrum. In this course, students will examine the foundations and practice of human rights, with a focus on international human rights law. The first part of the course introduces basic concepts: sources, assumptions, justifications, aspirations and challenges for human rights. Then, through a small number of focused themes, students will explore the practical operation of those concepts as a legal-political system, agent of change, and instrument of power. In addition, the readings provide examples of the rhetorical, legal and institutional modes in which rights are discussed and implemented. Current issues will be considered in historical and comparative perspective, with emphasis on the competing claims about the meaning and function of human rights in an international legal system, from both mainstream and outside perspectives. Two major themes will be explored throughout: challenges to the human rights orthodoxy, especially its notions of universalism and legitimacy; and the role of the inter-state system in defining and enforcing human rights.


Instructor: Bovingdon, Gardner
Day & Time: TR 2:30 PM- 3:45 PM
Building & Room: Wendell W. Wright 1225
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirements:
Start Date: 1/12/2015 End Date: 5/8/2015

IDENTITY POLITICS IN DIVIDED SOCIETIES: Is national unity a realistic goal or a pipe dream? Is the nation-state in crisis? Is globalization making nations obsolete? Are there better and worse policies for managing divided societies? This course will address these and other questions, considering cases from around the world, including Asia, Africa, and Europe.


Instructor: TBD
Day & Time: 12:00 AM- 12:00 AM
Building & Room:
Credit Hours: 4.0
CASE Requirements:
Start Date: 1/12/2015 End Date: 5/8/2015

Independent research, investigation, and synthesis of scholarship that crosses disciplines. Supervised by a faculty member upon the approval of the department.


Instructor: Rasch, William W.
Day & Time: T 7:00 PM- 9:30 PM
Building & Room: Ballantine Hall 664
Credit Hours: 3.0
CASE Requirements:
Start Date: 1/12/2015 End Date: 5/8/2015

The purpose of this course is to introduce students to some of the basic issues and controversies associated with the concept and practice of human rights as that concept and those practices have been developed in the post-World War II era. Although we begin with a popular historical narrative and end with some anthropological perspectives, the main thrust of the course deals with philosophical, political-theoretical and legal-theoretical arguments. The basic question we ask is: Does the idea and ideology (used neutrally, not pejoratively) of human rights promise enduring solutions to some of the seemingly most intractable of human problems, or will human rights discourse face and succumb to the same challenges that have historically bedeviled human political, moral, and legal thinking about human cohabitation and basic existence? Our aim will be to interrogate the claims and critiques of quite specific analyses and positions. Most of the readings offer critical perspectives to either the idea or the hitherto practice of human rights. In all or at least the vast majority of cases, the critiques are offered as the first step to correctives to human rights ideology or practice. They are, that is, internal critiques, meant as invitations to rethink the concept and improve the practice. Your task will be to engage in that act of rethinking what human rights are today, what they could be tomorrow, and whether what they could be is worth having or possible to have. The challenge you face is not one of learning what human rights are, as if they were an easily definable object, but to engage actively and in a concentrated manner in the exercise of thinking about what it means to use human rights discourse to articulate the moral and political demands of the day.