11.164 / 11.497 Human Rights in Theory and Practice

As taught in: Spring 2005

A photo of a grieving widow.

Aweda Abed Al-Amer, 48, grieves over two members of her family found in a mass grave in Musayib, south of Baghdad, Iraq. (Image by Thomas Hartwell, courtesy of USAID.)


Undergraduate / Graduate


Prof. Balakrishnan Rajagopal

Course Description

This course provides a rigorous and critical introduction to the foundation, structure and operation of the international human rights movement. It includes leading theoretical and institutional issues and the functioning of the international human rights mechanisms including non-governmental and inter-governmental ones. It covers cutting-edge human rights issues including gender and race discrimination, religion and state, national security and terrorism, globalization and human rights, and technology and human rights.

*Some translations represent previous versions of courses.