ENGL 3781

ENGL 3781

Course information provided by the Courses of Study 2023-2024.

Whereas human rights find legal expression in visionary documents like the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the many principles tied to human rights have long been debated by philosophers, artists, theologians, and writers. This course studies the evolution of human rights as cultural artifacts, examining how ideas about rights and humanitarianism were fashioned within literature, philosophy, film, public debate, and various international legal forums over history. Through readings covering large topics like crimes against humanity, immigration, abolitionism, and universal suffrage, we will ask: how did the world assent to a global culture of human rights? What hopes and dreams have human rights embodied? Conversely, what recurring critiques have been raised about the norms informing human rights?

When Offered Fall or Spring.

Distribution Category (GLC-AS, HA-AS, HST-AS)
Satisfies Requirement This course counts toward the Literatures of the Americas, Literatures of the Global South, and post-1800 requirements for English majors.

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Syllabi: none
  •   Regular Academic Session.  Combined with: GOVT 3781LAW 6207

  • 3 Credits Stdnt Opt

  • 19196 ENGL 3781   LEC 001

  • Instruction Mode: In Person