ERIC Number: ED471857
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002
Incorporating Human Rights into the College Curriculum.
This paper recounts development of a community college humanities course titled Human Rights/Human Wrongs: The History, Philosophy, Law, Art, and Literature of the Human Rights Movement. The author argues that a special focus, interdisciplinary course provides a broader base for exploring and understanding most of the pressing issues of our time. Following World War II, the United Nations' newly organized Human Rights Commission, chaired by Eleanor Roosevelt, was charged with drafting an international bill of rights. The result was the adoption by the UN of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The author uses the document as a textual basis for the class, which explores human rights issues in six units. The first unit explores the early modern period and the struggle for indigenous rights; the second unit examines issues of slavery; the third looks at industrialization and the labor movement and the demands for economic and social rights; the fourth unit takes up the issue of imperialism and subjugated peoples struggle for self-determination in the modern era; the fifth covers the civil rights movement and the vast expansion of human rights in the post-World War II era; the final unit is a study of globalization and the protest movement against it. The course examines how and why social change occurs, with the goal of helping students to explore the range of human kind's capacity for good and evil from their own perspective. (AUTH/NB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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