Human Rights Studies

(College of Letters & Science)

https://human-rights.ucdavis.edu/human-rights-minor

The Human Rights Studies Minor provides students with an opportunity to explore human rights as a critical element of our contemporary world.

Courses in the minor approach human rights as a problem for humanity, policy, advocacy and humanitarian action, as well as a subject for historical, ethical, social scientific and cultural study. Students will examine moments of terrible human rights abuse: genocide, slavery, colonialism, Apartheid, and sexual and gender-based violence. They will also learn about movements to protect and promote human rights, including the elaboration of the contemporary human rights régime, efforts by international and local non-governmental human rights organizations, and artistic and literary responses to human rights challenges.

The minor is administered by the Human Rights Studies Program.

Program Objectives

In addition to completing HMR 134, students must take three additional Core Courses and one course from the Elective Course list.

Advising. Keith David Watenpaugh, kwatenpaugh@ucdavis.edu.

Human Rights Studies
Units: 20
HMR 134
Human Rights (Active)
4
Core Courses (12 units); choose three from the following:
12
HMR 120A
Art, Architecture, and Human Rights (Active)
4
HMR 130
Special Topics in Human Rights (Active)
4
HMR 131
Genocide (Active)
4
HMR 136
Human Rights in the Middle East (Active)
4
HMR 138
Human Rights, Gender, and Sexuality (Active)
4
HMR 140A
Human Rights and the Popular Imagination (Active)
4
HMR 140B
The Art & Politics of Memory in Latin America: Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation (Active)
4
HMR 161
Human Rights in Latin America (Active)
4
HMR 162Y
The History of Human Rights in Europe (Active)
4
HMR 190
Seminar (Active)
4
In addition to the courses listed above, any HMR course between 100-199 will count towards the core course requirement.
 
Elective Courses (4 units); choose one from the following or seek the approval of the program advisor for an unlisted course that treats a human rights related topic:
4
Suggested Electives
 
AAS 180
Race and Ethnicity in Latin America (Active)
4
AMS 156
Race, Culture and Society in the United States (Active)
4
ANT 126A
Anthropology of Development (Active)
4
HIS 115E
Slavery, Africa, and the Atlantic World (Active)
4
HIS 142A
History of the Holocaust (Active)
4
HIS 142B
The Memory of the Holocaust (Active)
4
HIS 159
Women and Gender in Latin American History (Active)
4
HIS 165
Latin American Social Revolutions (Active)
4
HIS 184
History of Sexuality in America (Active)
4
NAS 120
Ethnopolitics of South American Indians (Active)
4
POL 124
The Politics of Global Inequality (Active)
4
SOC 104
The Political Economy of International Migration (Active)
4
Other Electives
 
ANT 126B
Women and Development (Active)
4
ANT 130A
Cultural Dimensions of Globalization (Active)
4
CHI 130
United States-Mexican Border Relations (Active)
4
HIS 115D
Postcolonial Africa (Active)
4
HIS 172
American Environmental History (Active)
4
HIS 177B
History of Black People and American Race Relations, 1860-Present (Active)
4
MSA 150
Women and Islamic Discourses (Active)
4
NAS 180
Native American Women (Active)
4
POL 126
Ethnic Self-Determination and International Conflict (Active)
4
POL 142B
Comparative Development: Politics and Inequality (Active)
4
POL 146B
Politics of Africa: Development in Africa (Active)
4
POL 152
The Constitutional Politics of the Equality (Active)
4
POL 166
Women in Politics (Active)
4
POL 168
Chicano Politics (Active)
4
POL 176
Racial Politics (Active)
4
SOC 130
Race Relations (Active)
4
SOC 160
Sociology of the Environment (Active)
4
SOC 172
Ideology of Class, Race and Gender (Active)
4
SOC 181
Social Change Organization (Active)
4
WMS 102
Gender and Post Colonialism (Active)
4
WMS 140
Gender and Law (Active)
4
WMS 145
Women's Movements in Transnational Perspective (Active)
4
WMS 148
Science, Gender, and Social Justice (Active)
4
WMS 170
Queer Studies (Active)
4
WMS 175
Gender and Experience of Race (Active)
4
WMS 182
Globalization, Gender and Culture (Active)
4
WMS 184
Gender in the Arab World (Active)
4
Total: 20
Courses in HMR:
HMR 001Human Wrongs/Human Rights (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Discussion—1 hour(s). Introduction to Human Rights and the problems they seek to address. Using key episodes of inhumanity like slavery, genocide, and racism. Examines how international movements for social justice led to the emergence of the international Human Rights system. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
HMR 120AArt, Architecture, and Human Rights (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—4 hour(s). Study of human rights as they relate to art, architecture, and cultural heritage. Examines museums, art collections, and cultural-heritage management, their relation to the cultural prerogatives of communities and indigenous groups, and protection of cultural heritage during war and conflict. (Same course as AHI 120A.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, DD, SS, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
HMR 130Special Topics in Human Rights (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): HMR 134 or RST 134 recommended. Thematic study of human rights. Topics may include contemporary or historical issues in the promotion, protection, and violation of human rights; human rights and the arts, religion, literature are possible topical areas. May be repeated for credit when topic differs. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
HMR 131Genocide (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper/Discussion—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Upper division standing. Comparative and critical study of the modern phenomenon of genocide from religious, ethical and historical perspectives. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
HMR 134Human Rights (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper/Discussion—1 hour(s). Introduction to the interdisciplinary study of the origins, evolution, denial and protection of Human Rights. No credit for students who have completed RST 090. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2019 Winter Quarter.
HMR 136Human Rights in the Middle East (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Study of the experience of Human Rights in the modern Middle East, with special attention to the Human Rights issues raised by events of Arab Spring; Palestine-Israel conflict; history of genocide, mass killing and totalitarianism in the region. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
HMR 138Human Rights, Gender, and Sexuality (4) Active
Lecture/Discussion—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Gender and sexuality in the context of human rights. Topics include women's participation in the public sphere, the right to change gender, the right for family privacy, and the right to marriage. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, WC, WE. Effective: 2018 Fall Quarter.
HMR 140AHuman Rights and the Popular Imagination (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper/Discussion—1 hour(s). Arts, music, literature, film and television in the rise of human rights movements and the protection, promotion and violation of human rights. Topics may include human rights and science fiction; human rights and the graphic novel; human rights and contemporary cinema; human rights and rock and roll (Letter.) GE credit: ACGH, AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2019 Winter Quarter.
HMR 140BThe Art & Politics of Memory in Latin America: Truth, Justice, and Reconciliation (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper/Discussion—1 hour(s). Critical analysis of the dictatorships and civil conflicts that took place in Cold War Latin America. Case studies focus on the violation of human rights as well as on the political and cultural battles for truth, justice, and reconciliation that take place in the aftermath of those violations. Emphasis on how memory is constructed, in what forms, by whom, and for what purposes. (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, WC, WE. Effective: 2019 Summer Session 2.
HMR 161Human Rights in Latin America (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Term Paper. History of the origins, denial and protection of Human Rights in Latin America. Emphasis on dictatorships, political violence, social resistance, democracy, justice, accountability, truth commissions, memory. (Same course as HIS 161.) (Letter.) GE credit: AH, SS, VL, WC, WE. Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
HMR 162YThe History of Human Rights in Europe (4) Active
Lecture—3 hour(s); Web Electronic Discussion—1 hour(s). History of the origins, development, and state of international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights law (IHRL) in Europe. Emphasis on Enlightenment-era and modern theories of the source, utility, and limits of human rights. (Same course as HIS 126Y.) (Letter.) GE credit: SS, WC. Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
HMR 190Seminar (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Emphasis on current scholarly debate about the methods for analyzing and comparing diverse human rights issues with the intention of integrating disciplined study of the field. (Letter.) Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
HMR 198Directed Group Study (1-4) Active
Variable. Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Group study on focused topics in human rights. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
HMR 199Special Study for Advanced Undergraduates (1-5) Active
Variable—3-15 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Opportunity for advanced undergraduate students to work with a faculty member in a focused manner on a topic or topics of human rights. May be repeated for credit. (P/NP grading only.) Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
HMR 200AHistory, Theory and Criticism of Human Rights (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Restricted to graduate students. Introduces the advanced study of Human Rights and the theoretical and practical elaboration of the international Human Rights system. Seminar will engage with criticism of Human Rights and develop research and teaching within disciplinary and interdisciplinary frameworks. (Same course as REL 231E.) (Letter.) Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
HMR 200BMemory, Culture, and Human Rights (4) Active
Seminar—3 hour(s); Term Paper. Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Restricted to graduate students. Explores the multiple convergences among memory, culture, and human rights. Discusses diverse approaches to how societal actors in different historical, cultural, and national settings, construct meanings of past political violence, inter-group conflicts, and human rights struggles. (Same course as CST 210.) (Letter.) Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
HMR 298Group Study (1-4) Active
Variable—1 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Restricted to graduate students. Group study on focused topics in human rights. Four-unit courses may serve as electives for the Designated Emphasis in Human Rights. May be repeated up to 16 Unit(s) when topic differs. (Letter.) Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
HMR 299Individual Study (1-12) Active
Variable—1-12 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Restricted to graduate students. Individual study for the designated emphasis in human rights. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.
HMR 396Teaching Assistant Training Practicum (1-4) Active
Variable—1-4 hour(s). Prerequisite(s): Consent of Instructor. Graduate standing. Restricted to graduate students. Teaching Assistant Training Practicum. May be repeated for credit. (S/U grading only.) Effective: 2017 Fall Quarter.