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    Vassar College
  Feb 21, 2018
Catalogue 2017-2018
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HIST 108 - International Human Rights

Semester Offered: Fall
1 unit(s)
(Same as INTL 108 ) Human rights have become the dominant moral language of our time. Rights are used to help build civil society, to establish international law, to give the oppressed hope, and even to justify foreign military intervention. When we speak of rights, then, we speak of a ubiquitous presence in our world. How did this come to be? This course examines the historical development of international human rights from their definition by the United Nations in 1948 to the present day. Our main questions will be how a powerful discourse of human rights has developed, who has spoken on its behalf, and how human rights claims have intersected with existing political, institutional, and legal structures. Robert Brigham.

Two 75-minute periods.

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