Syllabi on Science and Human Rights

This collection of syllabi related to Science and Human Rights is intended for use by educators from across the scientific disciplines who are interested in incorporating human rights into their curricula and training, as well as for scientists seeking to explore how human rights relate to the practice of their discipline. Each listing is linked to a PDF copy of the corresponding syllabus. We are grateful to all the professors who voluntarily submitted their syllabi to this compilation.


General Courses on Science and Human Rights

Science in the Service of Human Rights, Princeton University, Council on Science and Technology, Richard Pierre Claude (2002)

Technology and Human Rights, Fordham University, School of Law, Tracy Higgins and Mark Patterson (2002)

The Freedom of Scientific Research and Academic Teaching: Ethics, Human Rights, and Institutions, Bielefeld University, Torsten Wilholt (2008)

What is a Human? New Sciences, the Nature/Culture Divide and Human Rights, University of Chicago, Human Rights Program, Noa Vaisman (2009)

Anthropology

Anthropology and Human Rights, London School of Economics, Department of Anthropology, Matthew Engelke (2003)

Anthropology of Human Rights, City University of New York, Department of Anthropology, Patricia Mathews-Salazar (2002)

Anthropology of Human Rights, New York University, Department of Anthropology, Sally Engle Merry (2007)

Anthropology of Violence, James Cook University, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Rosita Henry (2009)

Asia Pacific Development, James Cook University, School of Arts and Social Sciences, Robin Rodd, Douglas Miles, Simon Foale, Rosita Henry (2008)

General Introduction to Legal Anthropology, Humboldt University, Department of Anthropology, Reetta Toivanen (2002)

History of Human Rights, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Humanities Department, Lora Wildenthal (1999)

Human Rights and Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Department of Anthropology, Carole Nagengast (2009)

Human Rights and Ethics, George Washington University, Department of Anthropology, Robert Albro (2006)

Human Rights and Indigenous People, Hobart and William Smith Colleges, Department of Anthropology, Jeffrey Anderson (2009)

Human Rights, Environment, and Development, University of Nebraska, Department of Anthropology and Geography, Robert K. Hitchcock (2002)

Human Rights in Africa: Historical and Anthropological Perspectives, Kenyon College, Department of Anthropology, Matthew Engelke (2002)

Bioethics

Human Rights and Bioethics in Cross Cultural Perspective, The University of Connecticut, Storrs, Department of Philosophy, Anne Hiskes and Serena Parekh (2009)

Demography

Measurement of Human Rights Violations, University of California, Berkeley, Department of Demography, Patrick Ball (2004)

Earth Science

Earth Science and Environmental Justice, Vassar College, Department of Earth Science and Geography, Jill Schneiderman (2009)

Human Rights and the Environment, The University of Sydney, School of Geosciences, Robert Fisher, Philip Hirsch, Kurt Iveson (2009)

Engineering

Humanitarian Engineering: Ethics, Theory, Practices, Colorado School of Mines, Liberal Arts and International Studies School, Juan C. Lucena (2007)

Geography

Disability, Space, and Society  Human Rights Issues Embedded Around Us, University of Ireland, Department of Geography, Dan Jacobson (2003)

Geography and Social Justice, Florida State University, Department of Geography, Jonathan Leib (2002)

Human Rights, Environment, and Development, University of Nebraska, Department of Anthropology and Geography, Robert K. Hitchcock (2002)

Health

Assessing the Epidemiologic Impact of Human Rights Violations, Johns Hopkins University, School of Public Health, Chris Beyrer (2006)

Developing Effective Public Health Programs Using Human Rights Based Approaches, University of Pennsylvania, Wendy Voet (2012)

Fundamentals of International Health and Human Rights Law, Donetsk National University, Faculty of Law and Economics, Vanessa von Struensee (2001)

Global Health and Human Rights Seminar, University of Pittsburg, Center for Bioethics and Health Law, David Barnard (2009)

Foundations of Public Health, The University of Western Australia, School of Population Health, Niyi Awofeso (2009)

Global Women’s Health and Human Rights, University of Wisconsin, School of Medicine and Public Health, Araceli Alonso (2001)

Health and Human Rights, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, Benjamin Mason Meier (2006)

Health and Human Rights, St. Thomas University, School of Law, Elizabeth A. Pendo (2001)

Health and Human Rights Law, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Peter Hall (2001)

Health and Human Rights: Concepts and Methods for Public Health, Harvard University, School of Public Health, Sofia Gruskin (2006)

Health, Development, and Human Rights, University of New South Wales, Initiative for Health and Human Rights, Daniel Tarantola (2009)

Health Development and Human Rights, The University of New South Wales, School of Public Health and Community Medicine, Daniel Tarantola (2007)

Health, Human Rights, and the International System, Harvard University, School of Public Health, Stephen P. Marks (2005)

Health, Science and Human Rights, Duke University, Global Health Institute, Robert Cook-Deegan (2006)

Health, War and Terrorism through the Lens of Human Rights, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Social Medicine, Jeffrey Sonis (2009)

Human Rights and Health, Boston University, School of Public Health, Michael A. Grodin and George J. Annas (2006)

Human Rights and Health, University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health, Vincent Iacopino and Harvey Weinstein (2002)

Issues in Health and Human Rights, Harvard University, School of Public Health, Stephen P. Marks (2006)

Seminar in Health and Human Rights, Brandeis University, Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Maria Green (2006)

Linguistics

Discourse and Discrimination: A Pragmatic Examination of Language and Human Rights, Florida State University, Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics, Shonna Trinch (2001)

Medical Ethics

Health Law, Bioethics and Human Rights, Boston University, School of Law, George J. Annas (2006)

International Human Rights and Neuroethics, Peer 2 Peer University, Ana Rosa Amorim (2009)

Law, Justice and New Genetic Technologies, Queensland University of Technology, School of Justice, Faculty of Law, Barbara Hocking (2010)

Medicine

Human Rights, Social Medicine, and the Physician, Emory University, School of Medicine, Timothy H. Holtz (2007)

Medicine, Human Rights, and the Physician, Harvard University, Medical School, Carola Eisenberg, Kris Heggenhougen, and Kari Hannibal (2005)

Philosophy

Human Rights and Human Nature, University of Chicago, Department of Philosophy, Micah Lott (2010)

Political Science

Human Rights in International Development, The University of Sydney, School of Social and Political Sciences, Department of Political Economy, Faculty of Arts, Tim Anderson (2010)

International Law: Human Rights, University of North Texas, Department of Political Science, Corey Ditslear (2004)

International Politics of Human Rights, The University of Sydney, School of Social and Political Sciences, Department of Government and International Relations, Faculty of Arts, Francesca Panzironi (2008)

Theories of Human Rights, University of Illinois, Department of Political Science, Belden Fields (2004)

The Politics of Human Rights, University of Wisconsin, Political Science Department, Scott Straus (2008)

The Politics of Human Rights, New York University, Political Science Department, George W. Downs (2006)

Psychology

Beliefs, Perceptions, and Behaviors, Semester at Sea, Education/Human Services, M. Scott Ferrell (2009)

Human Rights, Advocacy, and Action, Northwestern University, School of Education and Social Policy, Bradley D. Olson (2008)

Psychosocial Issues in Forced Migration, American University in Cairo, Center for Migration and Refugee Studies, Nancy Baron (2009)

Psychosocial Interventions for Forced Migrants and Refugees, American University in Cairo, Center for Migration and Refugee Studies, Nancy Baron (2010)

Sociology

Human Rights, University of Calgary, Sociology Department, Bruce K. Friesen (2008)

Human Rights in Social Perspective, Curtin University of Technology, Department of Social Sciences, Faculty of Media, Society and Culture, Anne-Marie Hilsdon (2008)

Human Rights in the United States, University of Connecticut, Human Rights Institute, Davita Silfen Glasberg (2009)

Human Rights: The Rights of Migrants, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Department of Sociology, Judith Blau and Rafael Gallegos (2009)

Sociology of Human Rights, graduate course, Florida Atlantic University, Department of Sociology, Mark Frezzo (2009)

Sociology of Human Rights, undergraduate course, Florida Atlantic University, Department of Sociology, Mark Frezzo (2009)

Sociology of Human Rights, Stony Brook University, Sociology Department, Daniel Levy (2005)

Human Rights Training Modules

Health and Human Rights Train-The-Trainers Course, University of the Western Cape, Leslie London, Laurel Baldwin-Ragaven, and Karrisha Pillay (2000)

Intensive Course in Health and Human Rights, Boston University/Harvard University Schools of Public Health (2006)

International Forensic Program, Physicians for Human Rights (2009)

Degree Programs

International Diploma in Mental Health Law and Human Rights, Indian Law Society College (2009)

Further Resources

AcademicInfo, Human Rights Resources -  http://www.academicinfo.net/human.html/

Columbia University, Center for the Study of Human Rights – http://hrcolumbia.org/

Human Rights Education Associates – http://www.hrea.org/

University of Minnesota, Human Rights Resources – http://www.hrusa.org/