Global Politics: Human Rights and Justice

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Global Politics: Human Rights and Justice
Special Course
Course CodeGPOL
Year Opened2006
Sites OfferedJHU
Previously OfferedBRK, PRN
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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:

More than 920 million people are undernourished worldwide, despite the fact that there is more than enough food for everyone. Numerous countries rank national interests above global concerns, leading to heavy pollution or overuse of nonrenewable resources. Meanwhile. affluent states regularly deny immigration to individuals seeking to escape persecution or poverty. What obligations do developed states and their citizens have to others who are suffering? Is it humane to uphold social structures that perpetuate inequality and harm future generations? Should states hold military interventions to address human rights abuses? This course simulates the decision-making processes key to addressing these questions, especially as they pertain to human rights and economic justice. You and your classmates will research case studies of genocide, learn the history and practice of multilateral aid networks, and debate theories of justice while learning to think critically about and address the injustices that shape our modern world.