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SISU-379 Topics Human Rgts/Iden/Culture Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics in Human Rights, Identity, and Culture (3) Topics vary by section. Rotating topics focusing on the intersection of human rights, identity, and culture. Repeatable for credit with different topic. Grading: A-F only. Prerequisite: SISU-206 and SISU-260 or SISU-270.

SISU-379-001
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Civil Rgts/Other Soc Movements
Course Type: Community Based Learning. As a part of this course, students will actively serve with a nonprofit agency or school in the DC area to apply their course knowledge. Civil Rights and Other Social Movements in Comparative Perspective (3) This course looks at the history of civil rights and other social movements that have fought for equal rights and democratic rule, including those organized by students, LGBTQ activists, anti-colonial and holocaust resistance fighters, labor union and community organizers, and poor people in a wide variety of countries. The course also looks at the evolution of thinking about social movements as theorists grapple with the challenge posed by movements that defy their predictions.
SISU-379-002
Term: Fall 2018 Regular Term
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Human Rights and the Media
Human Rights and the Media (3) This course examines how various means of mass communication--print and broadcast news media; speeches; social media; and documentary films--affect the realization of human rights. All forms of media participate in the construction of human rights narratives, thus influencing the debate surrounding specific human rights issues. Students learn methods of media research and analysis, and use such methods to complete a study of media coverage of a human rights issue of their choice. Students also create their own media.
SISU-379-001
Term: Spring 2019 Semester
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Democ Erosion/Authoritarianism
Democratic Erosion and Authoritarianism (3) It is often assumed that once a country achieves a certain level of economic and political development, absent a cataclysmic event, democratic consolidation is permanent. Recent trends call such confidence into question. This course looks at the causes and consequences of democratic erosion, paying particular attention to both warning signs and effective resistance efforts. The course is part of a nation-wide consortium of over two dozen universities. Students do in-depth research on a country of their choice and participate with students across the country in submitting blog posts and comments on a joint website.