Global Politics: Human Rights and Justice

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Global Politics: Human Rights and Justice
Special Course
Course CodeGPOL
Year Opened2006
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Course Description

Global Politics, or simply GPOL, had four sections in 2009, three sections in 2010. Each class is structured slightly differently, and approaches the issues of human rights in a different manner, but all note the history of human rights and human rights violations, and later move on to wrestle with the overwhelmingly large question of the role human rights should take in a nation's foreign policy. This issue is addressed through simulations, debates, and class discussions on current and recent human rights issues, such as torture, genocide, and relief efforts.

From the CTY course catalog:

This course examines the roles and responsibilities of nations and international organizations (governmental and non-governmental) in areas of human rights and justice. Focusing on recent cases ranging from Rwanda to Yugoslavia to China to Iraq, students ask questions including how much independence individual nations should have in defining human rights standards, when a nation’s economic stability should outweigh other global responsibilities, and how nations can heal themselves in the aftermath of atrocities.