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Introduction to Human Rights

Often we talk about human rights as the right or freedom for someone to do certain things—such as the right to speak freely or the right to practice the religion of your choice. We also often talk about human rights as the right for someone to be free from certain things—such as the freedom from arbitrary arrest or freedom from torture. In this course, we will explore questions such as these: What are human rights and where do they come from? Are human rights limitless, and if not, what are the limits and who decides? How are human rights enforced and when they are violated, and how are perpetrators punished? Students will explore the principle that human rights are a right or an entitlement to receive certain things—such as the right to healthcare or the right to education. In examining the most pressing headline issues of today, such as genocide, human migration, climate change, and student protest, this course will introduce students to the law, philosophy, and practice of human rights.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • The ability to identify foundational international human rights laws, treaties, conflicts between the exercise of different human rights, and the human rights components of contemporary public debates
  • An understanding of negative/positive rights (civil/political versus economic/social/cultural)
  • Critical thinking skills regarding the limits of human rights protections and the justification for these limits
  • An NYU transcript showing grade(s) earned upon completion of the course (Please note: No college credit or certificate of completion is granted for this course.)

Ideal for

  • High school students who have completed grades 9, 10, or 11
  • High school students interested in exploring a career in a career working for government agencies or for a nonprofit or charity organization, or those interested in becoming advocates as lawyers or activists
  • High school students interested in current events
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.

    • Section

    • Semester

      Summer 2024
    • Date

      Jul 8 - Jul 12
    • Day

    • Time

      • In-Person
    • Format

      • In-Person
    • Sessions

    • Faculty

      Brancato, Niki
    • Location

      Washington Square
    Tuition $2579