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Protecting Minority and Vulnerable Populations: Global Challenges and Responses

Around the world, members of ethnic, racial, religious, linguistic, and indigenous minority groups and other vulnerable populations are subjected to discrimination, harassment, political exclusion, violence, and other forms of persecution. This course will cover a wide range of the current conditions facing multiple minority groups and other vulnerable populations worldwide, including in the United States. It also will consider emerging challenges that may lie ahead during a time of growing global xenophobia and political upheaval. The first part of the course will focus on domestic remedies that have been applied by states, including federalism, special political representation, civil rights protections, and policies of multiculturalism. The second part of the course will review actions taken within the international arena, including international human rights law, multilateral diplomacy, programs for refugee and displaced populations, and humanitarian intervention. This online course will consist of eight sessions, two of which will be live synchronous group discussions. It will draw on case studies of different types of minority and vulnerable populations in the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe, and it will employ insights from history, comparative politics, law, and international relations.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • A deeper understanding of the problems facing minority and vulnerable populations worldwide
  • A critical perspective on the potential and limitations of various domestic and international responses
  • A comparative global view across many different types of minority and vulnerable populations

Ideal for

  • Students of international relations, human rights, and comparative politics
  • Professionals working with minority and vulnerable populations
  • Activists and others seeking to advance the cause of a particular group or population
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