This is the first version of the 2022-23 General Catalog. The final edition and the historical PDF will be published during the fall semester.

Undergraduate certificate: human rights
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The Certificate in Human Rights involves an integrated, specific course of study that includes an introduction to foundational concepts in human rights as they have been informed by political, ethical, moral, legal, and historical thought. Through the curriculum, students explore specific, pressing human rights topics from interdisciplinary perspectives, identify solutions to global challenges, learn to translate foundational human rights concepts into effective advocacy, and strengthen their ability to communicate with academic and nonacademic audiences.

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The certificate provides preparation for a future in which students can apply knowledge gained to their professional career or field of study and one in which they learn to appreciate the value of empathy, social responsibility, and engaged global citizenship.

Human rights purport that all people deserve to live life with dignity; that human beings are owed the protection of these rights simply because they are human. Universal human rights apply to all equally and without discrimination. They encompass civil and political rights; economic, social, and cultural rights; and apply to both individuals and groups. The rights set forth in human rights doctrines, such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, are interrelated, interdependent, and indivisible.

The Certificate in Human Rights is administered and awarded by the College of Law.

Undergraduate Program of Study

Certificate

University of Iowa Center for Human Rights Courses

HRTS:2115 Introduction to Human Rights 3 s.h.

Analysis and evaluation of the international human rights program; relationship between human rights and international law. Same as IS:2115.

HRTS:3903 Technology and Human Rights 1-3 s.h.

Examination of emerging human rights issues in technology from an interdisciplinary and international perspective. Same as IS:3903.

HRTS:3904 Business, Labor, and Human Rights 1-3 s.h.

Examination of emerging human rights issues in labor and business from an interdisciplinary and international perspective. Same as IS:3904.

HRTS:3905 Topics in Human Rights 1-3 s.h.

Examination of emerging human rights issues from an interdisciplinary and international perspective. Same as IS:3905.

HRTS:3906 Global Crises and Human Rights 3 s.h.

Exploration of human rights in context of global challenges; multidisciplinary; topics may include military conflict, nuclear war, human trafficking, environmental disasters, and other international human rights crises.

HRTS:3907 Literature and Human Rights 1-3 s.h.

Examination in human rights in literature from an interdisciplinary and international perspective. Same as IS:3907.

HRTS:3908 Governance and Human Rights 1-3 s.h.

Examination of emerging human rights related to governance issues from an interdisciplinary and international perspective. Same as IS:3908.

HRTS:3909 Human Rights Lab 1-3 s.h.

Discussion-based examination of emerging human rights issues from an interdisciplinary and international perspective. Same as IS:3909.

HRTS:3910 Human Rights Advocacy 3 s.h.

Theoretical foundations and critical issues for international human rights advocacy and international humanitarian movements. Same as IS:3910.

HRTS:3920 Seminar in Human Rights Praxis: Supervised Internship 3 s.h.

Supervised internship in human rights praxis; focus on field-based advocacy and human rights frameworks.