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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.

Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Human Rights: Asia & the West
Human Rights in Comparative Perspective: Asia and the West (3) This course explores theoretical and operational approaches toward human rights within western universal frameworks as contrasted with traditional and contemporary Asian models. It assesses the historical and contextual origins of human rights discourse and their impact on political governance, economic development, social relations, and attitudes toward gender and sexual orientation issues in the United States and East Asia. This discourse is also framed within the human security and environmental security schools of thought in international relations theory, with particular attention given to the plight of transnational migrant workers and refugees, as well as communities threatened by environmental degradation and climate change in East Asia. Finally, it evaluates the impact of terrorism, counter-terrorism, and national security on human rights in the west and East Asia. Topics examined include the relationship between human rights and western and Asian cultural traditions (Asian values) and religions (Confucianism, Buddhism, and Islam); western universal and Asian regional human rights regimes; and political ideology and human rights as exemplified by western liberal democracy in the United States, communist authoritarianism in China, and communist totalitarianism in North Korea and Cambodia when under the Khmer Rouge.