ERIC Number: ED199138
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
Reference Count: 0
International Human Rights and U.S. Policy--A Unit for High School and Junior College Classes.
This document defines human rights, examines U.S. international human rights policy, analyzes various critiques of U.S. policy, and evaluates different judgments regarding an ideal U.S. policy. Presented in the form of a unit of study, the document is intended for use by high school and junior college classroom teachers as they develop and implement educational programs on human rights. The document is presented in seven parts. Part one examines various definitions of rights and relates the definitions to their legal and moral sources. Types of rights examined include civil, political, social, and economic. Suggested activities include making lists of rights, comparing lists among students, and summarizing readings. Part two analyzes the Bill of Rights and the Declaration of Human Rights. Part three relates rights to duties and directs students to differentiate between rights and duties in "Pacem in Terris," written by Pope John XXIII in 1963. Part four focuses on U.S. State Department documents on human rights. Students are directed to answer questions about the documents and evaluate the statements against various criticisms. In parts five and six, students are asked to formulate an ideal human rights policy and to compare it with present policies. Activities include role playing and examining four points of view on policy objectives. The final part suggests methods for evaluating student learning, including an essay test and student recommendations to the Secretary of State regarding human rights. The document concludes with appendices which list human rights and their sources and present the text of major human rights doctrines. (DB)
Descriptors: Civil Liberties, Foreign Policy, Global Approach, Higher Education, International Relations, Political Influences, Secondary Education, Social Studies, Two Year Colleges, Units of Study
World Education Center, 1730 Grove Street, Berkeley, CA 94709 ($2.00).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: United States