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SISU-370 Topics Just/Ethics/Human Rgts Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Justice, Ethics, and Human Rights (3) Topics vary by section. Rotating topics including ethics in international affairs, human rights and culture, human rights and the media, and political violence. Repeatable for credit with different topic. Grading: A-F only. Prerequisite: SISU-206 and SISU-270.

SISU-370-001
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Free Speech: Right or Crime
Free Speech: Inalienable Right or Crime (3) The right of freedom of expression is being put to vigorous use around the world, in the best and worst ways, especially online. In China, netizens meet on a bootleg version of Twitter and on web forums, racing government censors who delete their posts. In France, cartoonists and others were massacred in January 2015 for the content of their magazine. On YouTube, female students' daily movements were tracked online by their classmates, along with scenarios for raping them. ISIS proudly posts videos of beheadings. In Russia, extremist bloggers call for another Holocaust. In Kenya, hate speech was broadcast via SMS blasts, leading to mass killings, but at the same time, Kenyans used SMS and the web to report and contain violence. This interdisciplinary course examines how speech contributes to democracy, as well as to hatred and atrocities. The course studies international law and policy related to freedom of expression, with special reference to digital communications, together with cases including the ones mentioned above and the knotty questions they pose, such as how to let free speech flourish while inhibiting hate, terrorism, and genocide.
SISU-370-003
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Just/Eth/Human Rgts Hispaniola
Justice, Ethics, and Human Rights in Hispaniola (3) This course begins with a focus on the long-standing contentious relationship between the Dominican Republic (DR) and Haiti. Although the two nations share the island of Hispaniola, the relationship between them has neither been neighborly nor cooperative. The Dominican government passed legislation in 2013 mandating that Dominicans of Haitian descent who do not have official citizenship documents and were born after 1929 be stripped of their citizenship and deported to Haiti immediately. This legislation has an impact on the stability of both nations. Students examine the history of the Dominican Republic and its struggles with defining its national identity, identify the myriad strategies employed to whiten the nation, and develop recommendations to mitigate the serious threat to nearly 300,000 Haitian migrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent residing in the DR. The course examines how the stark differences in human rights protections for Dominicans of Haitian descent residing in the Dominican Republic not only violates their human rights, but denies them legal recourse.
SISU-370-004
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Perspectives on Ethics & Power
Perspectives on Ethics and Power (3) Every day, everywhere, people form judgments about actions: the actions of ourselves and others, and of corporations, governments, and international organizations. While we care passionately about the questions was that just; was it fair; was it necessary?, our answers are often inconclusive. In this course students learn to think critically and systematically about ethics. The field of ethics is interested in the norms that govern collective life, and in the question of what human beings owe to one another. Serious ethical judgment, however, involves more than mere appeal to convention, authority, or opinion; instead, it requires articulation of coherent perspectives on right action, careful consideration of alternative views, and critical reflection on the limits of human judgment. A variety of established theories of ethics such as Realism, Utilitarianism, Deontology, Virtue Ethics, and Postmodern Ethics are studied and students work to put them in conversation with each other through the use of case studies. A persistent underlying question is whether it is possible, and important, to define a universal ethics, or whether morality can and should only be shaped and defined locally.
SISU-370-005
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: After War: Rebuilding States
After War: Rebuilding Shattered States (3) What happens when war ends? How can broken or newly established states make the transition from conflict to stability? The end of war may well be described as the "dangerous hour" as a weak state needs to address the underlying causes of the conflict such as systemic economic inequities, highly fragmented political, sociocultural networks, porous borders, and the presence of different types of criminal networks. Simultaneously, it has to establish the rule of law, disarm combatants, and respond to its obligations to international agreements. This course exposes students to some of the pertinent economic, political, legal, and ethical challenges and opportunities that face nation-states emerging from conflict. Using case studies, it critically examines some of the techniques used by both international intermediaries and local stakeholders to address issues of economic and political governance, security reform, effective human rights regimes, and post-conflict justice.
SISU-370-006
Term: Spring 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Free Speech: Right Or Crime
Free Speech: Inalienable Right or Crime (3) The right of freedom of expression is being put to vigorous use around the world, in the best and worst ways, especially online. In China, netizens meet on a bootleg version of Twitter and on web forums, racing government censors who delete their posts. In France, cartoonists and others were massacred in January 2015 for the content of their magazine. On YouTube, female students' daily movements were tracked online by their classmates, along with scenarios for raping them. ISIS proudly posts videos of beheadings. In Russia, extremist bloggers call for another Holocaust. In Kenya, hate speech was broadcast via SMS blasts, leading to mass killings, but at the same time, Kenyans used SMS and the web to report and contain violence. This interdisciplinary course examines how speech contributes to democracy, as well as to hatred and atrocities. The course studies international law and policy related to freedom of expression, with special reference to digital communications, together with cases including the ones mentioned above and the knotty questions they pose, such as how to let free speech flourish while inhibiting hate, terrorism, and genocide.