Humanitarian Response and Human Rights

Purpose:

This concentration prepares students to assess and solve humanitarian challenges using an integrated, collaborative framework. Students will learn to communicate quickly and effectively with stakeholders involved in issues related to humanitarian response and human rights, whether planning for or responding to disasters, or improving the conditions of populations in local, national or global environments.

Description:

Throughout history there has been a constant string of disasters and crises befalling the human population, whether these have been caused by natural events or human activities. Also throughout that time there have been responses, both positive and negative, to such disasters and crises. As the modern world has become increasingly interconnected, the international ramifications of these disasters and crises are increasingly recognized in human, economic, and technical terms. The international community has developed and continues to develop norms and methods rooted in humanitarian response and human rights to address these situations.

Requirements:

Students wishing to receive attestation certifying the depth of their specialization in this particular area will be required to successfully complete at least four of the courses listed below. The categories below are intended to signal the breadth of academic approaches to the topic, and we encourage you to complete courses from at least two of the categories.

Please note that this list will be reviewed from time to time depending on the available course offerings at any given time. Students should check the availability of these courses with the SIA academic advisor and the individual course instructors. Students should also determine if there are pre-requisites for enrolling in a particular course.

Courses:

Race, Ethnicity, and Social Justice
  • AFAM 409/SOC 409 Racial and Ethnic Inequality in America
  • AFAM 416 Race, Gender, and Science
  • AFAM 431/HIST 431 Black Liberation and American Foreign Policy
  • AFAM 445Y Politics of Affirmative Action
  • AFAM 465 The Post-World War II Civil Rights Movement
  • AFAM 469 Slavery and the Literary Imagination
  • AFAM 501 Seminar in African American Studies
  • AFAM 502 Blacks and African Diaspora
  • AFAM 503 Sexual and Gender Politics in the African Diaspora
  • AFAM 597/PLSC 597 Race and American Politics*
  • AFR 434 War and Development in Africa
  • AFR 443 Ethnic Conflict in Africa
  • AFR 479 History of Imperialism and Nationalism in Africa
  • ANTH 424 Andean Ethnology and Archaeology
  • ANTH 448 Ethnography of the United States
  • ANTH 456 Cultural Ecology
  • ANTH 457/SOC 457 Jewish Communities: Identity, Survival, and Transformation in Unexpected Places
  • CED 460W Policy, Politics, and Perspectives on Social and Environmental Responsibility
  • CRIM 451 Race, Crime, and Justice
  • FR 470 Race and Gender Issues in Literatures in French
  • GEOG 445 Geography of Human Rights
  • HIED 502 Diversity and Equity in Higher Education
  • HIST 409Y Antiseminitisms
  • HIST 416 Zionism
  • HIST 432 Between Nation and Empire: The Caribbean in the 20th Century
  • HLS 803 Homeland Security: Social and Ethical Issues (World Campus class)**
  • LTNST 479 U.S. Latina/o Culture en Español
  • PHIL 460 African American Philosophy
  • PSYCH 432 Multicultural Psychology in America
  • SOC 411 Racial and Ethnic Diversity and the American Family
  • SOC 412 Crime, Social Control, and the Legal System
  • SOC 419 Race and Public Policy
  • SOC 422 World Population Diversity
  • SOC 423 Social Demography
  • SOC 425 Social Conflict
  • SOC 428 Homelessness in America
  • SOC 429 Social Stratification
  • SOC 430 Family in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • SOC 432 Social Movements
  • SOC 445 U.S. Immigration
  • SOC 447 Ethnic Minorities and Schools in the United States
  • SOC 529 Seminar in Race and Ethnicity
  • SOC 551 Social Stratification and Social Change
  • LWPER 951 Critical Race Theory/Feminist Legal Theory (Law course)***

Peace, Violence and Security

  • AFR 434 War and Development in Africa 
  • AFR 443 Ethnic Conflict in Africa
  • HLS 805 Violence, Threats, Terror, and Insurgency (World Campus class)**
  • HLS 811 Fundamentals of Homeland Security (World Campus class)**
  • INTAF 597 Dealing with Dictators*
  • INTAF 816 War and Peace
  • PLSC 405H Genocide and Tyranny
  • PLSC 451 Politics of Human Rights
  • PLSC 474 Civil Liberties and Due Process
  • PLSC 556 Civil Conflict

Humanitarian Response/Disaster Relief Management

  • CAS 553 Disaster Communications
  • EDSGN 452 Projects in Humanitarian Engineering (2 credits; HESE program)
  • EDSGN 453 Design for Developing Communities (1 credit; HESE program)
  • ENGR 451 Social Entrepreneurship (3 credits; HESE program)
  • GEOG 479 Cyber-Geography in Geospatial Intelligence
  • GEOG 858 Spatial Data Science for Emergency Management (World Campus class)**
  • GEOG 882 Geographic Foundations of Geospatial Intelligence (World Campus class)**
  • HLS 558 Disaster Psychology (World Campus class)**
  • HLS 811 Fundamentals of Homeland Security (World Campus class)**
  • IST 465 Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management IST 564 Crisis, Disaster and Risk Management (World Campus class)**
  • PHP 410 Public Health Preparedness for Disaster and Terrorist Emergencies I (World Campus class)**
  • PHP 510 Public Health Preparedness for Disaster and Terrorist Emergencies II (World Campus class)**
  • PHP 527 Public Health Evaluation of Disasters and Bioterrorism (World Campus class)**
  • PHP 831 Public Health Preparedness and the Emergency Operations Plan (World Campus class)**
  • SRA 471 Informatics, Risk, and the Post-Modern World SRA 480 Crisis Informatics

Global Health/Food Security/Environment

  • AFR 434 War and Development in Africa
  • AFR 440 Globalization and its Impacts
  • AFR 444 African Resources and Development
  • AFR 532 Environment and Livelihoods of Africa
  • AGBIO 520W Agricultural Biosecurity: Protecting a Key Infrastructure
  • BBH 402 African Health and Development
  • GEOG 530 Human-Environment Seminar
  • GEOGC 450 Risk Analysis in the Earth Sciences
  • GEOSC 402Y Natural Disasters
  • INTAF 511 Ethnical Dimensions in Food and Agricultural Governance
  • INTAF 597 Global Health Security*
  • INTAF 597 Economic Development and the Environment*
  • NUTR 430 Global Food Strategies: Problems and Prospects for Reducing World Hunger
  • PHP 527 Public Health Evaluation of Disasters and Bioterrorism (World Campus class)**
  • SOC 451 Health, Disease, and Society
  • SOC 523 Global Health and Mortality
  • WMSNT 452 Women’s Health Issues

Migration

  • AFAM 502 Blacks and African Diaspora
  • AFR 527/SOC 527 Migration, Urbanization, and Policy in the Developing World
  • GEOG 421 Population Geography
  • GEOG 422W Globalization, Migration, and Displacement
  • INTAF 597 Human Rights and Activism*
  • INTAF 597 Human Rights and Displaced Peoples*
  • INTAF 597 Property, Poverty and Development*
  • INTR 961 Asylum and Refugee Law (Law class; 2 credits)
  • SOC 445 U.S. Immigration
  • SOC 523 Internal and International Migration
  • SOC 525 Immigration, Assimilation, and Inequality
  • SOC 527 Migration, Urbanization and Policy in the Developing World

Gender

  • AFAM 503 Sexual and Gender Politics in the African Diaspora
  • ANTH 476W/WMNST 476W Anthropology of Gender
  • CED 420W/WMSNT 420W Gender and International Development
  • FR 470 Race and Gender Issues in Literatures in French
  • GEOG 426W Gendered Worlds
  • LWPER 951 Critical Race Theory/Feminist Legal Theory (Law course)***
  • SOC 456/WMNST 456 Gender, Occupations, and Professions
  • SOC 477/WMNST 477 Sociology of Sexuality
  • WMNST 400N Debates in Contemporary Feminism
  • WMNST 423 Sexual and Domestic Violence
  • WMNST 428 Gender and Politics
  • WMNST 455 Gender Roles in Communication
  • WMNST 466 Lesbian and Gay History
  • WMNST 471 The Psychology of Gender
  • WMNST 502 Global Perspectives on Feminism
  • WMNST 507 Feminist Theory
  • WMNST 516 US Women’s and Gender History
  • WMNST 518 Global Black Feminist Thought
  • WMNST 520 Gender and Nationalism
  • WMNST 522 Gender and Sexuality
  • WMNST 536 Gender and Science
  • WMNST 542 Girls’ Cultures and Popular Cultures
  • WMNST 550 African Feminism
  • WMSNT 412 Education and the Status of Women
  • WMSNT 452 Women’s Health Issues

 

* Frequency and availability of Special Topics 497/597 courses will vary each semester.

** World Campus class; consult with the SIA Director of Academic Advising prior to course enrollment

*** Law class; requires approval; consult with SIA Director of Academic Advising to review course enrollment process