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SISU-370 Topics in Justice, Ethics, and Human Rights (3)

Course Level: Undergraduate

Topics vary by section, may be repeated for credit with different topic. Rotating topics including ethics in international affairs, human rights and culture, human rights and the media, and political violence. May be taken A-F only. Prerequisite: SISU-206 and SISU-270.

SISU-370 001
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: After War: Rebuilding Shattered States
What happens when war ends? How can broken or newly established states make the transition from conflict to stability? The end of war may well be described as the 'dangerous hour' as a weak state needs to address the underlying causes of the conflict such as systemic economic inequities, highly fragmented political, sociocultural networks, porous borders, and the presence of different types of criminal networks. Simultaneously, it has to establish the rule of law, disarm combatants, and respond to its obligations to international agreements. This course exposes students to some of the pertinent economic, political, legal, and ethical challenges and opportunities that face nation-states emerging from conflict. Using case studies, it critically examines some of the techniques used by both international intermediaries and local stakeholders to address issues of economic and political governance, security reform, effective human rights regimes, and post-conflict justice.
SISU-370 002
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Justice, Ethics, and Human Rights in Hispaniola
This course begins with a focus on the long-standing contentious relationship between the Dominican Republic (DR) and Haiti. Although the two nations share the island of Hispaniola, the relationship between them has neither been neighborly nor cooperative. The Dominican government passed legislation in 2013 mandating that Dominicans of Haitian descent who do not have official citizenship documents and were born after 1929 be stripped of their citizenship and deported to Haiti immediately. This legislation has an impact on the stability of both nations. Students examine the history of the Dominican Republic and its struggles with defining its national identity, identify the myriad strategies employed to whiten the nation, and develop recommendations to mitigate the serious threat to nearly 300,000 Haitian migrants and Dominicans of Haitian descent residing in the DR. The course examines how the stark differences in human rights protections for Dominicans of Haitian descent residing in the Dominican Republic not only violates their human rights, but denies them legal recourse.
SISU-370 003
Term: SPRING 2016
Course Level: Undergraduate
Section Title: Human Rights and Foreign Policy
Since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, the global community has made great strides in advancing the cause of human rights in relation to how states treat their populations. However, from the most liberal to the most authoritarian states, there is still a long way to go. Thus, how human rights are incorporated into states' foreign policies--from the direct impact of their policies to their relations with other states to how they respond to egregious human rights violations--remains a matter for critical evaluation. In this course, students assess when and why states prioritize the national interest over human rights interests and vice versa. Using concrete case studies, both past and present, students evaluate the role domestic and international politics; national and international security concerns; geostrategy; and economic interests play in the formulation of foreign policy decisions and objectives. Forms of evaluation include assessing foreign policy decisions in isolation and through the application of a tradeoff model.