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Human Rights

Director

  • Greg Hamot

Associate director

  • Amy Weismann

Affiliated faculty

  • Loyce Arthur (Theatre Arts), Jeremy Brigham (International Programs), Diana Cates (Religious Studies), Mary Cohen (Education/Music), Carolyn Colvin (Education), Jovana Davidovic (Philosophy), Brian Farrell (Law/International Programs), Elizabeth Heineman (History/Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies), Maureen McCue (Public Health/International Programs), Nathan Miller (Law), David Osterberg (Occupational and Environmental Health), Sally Scott (Public Policy Center), Shelton Stromquist (History), Burns H. Weston (Law), Andrew Willard (International Programs/University of Iowa Honors Program), Adrien Wing (Law)
Undergraduate certificate: human rights

Human rights concern the inherent dignity of all human beings and the promotion and protection of that dignity regardless of race, color, gender, sexual orientation, religion, culture, nationality, birth, or other status. The Certificate in Human Rights program broadens students' understanding of human rights issues and helps them learn how to use an interdisciplinary approach to identify solutions.

Course work for the certificate is drawn from units across The University of Iowa. It prepares students to examine societal problems critically and to design specific solutions to human rights dilemmas in a wide range of areas, such as civil governance, the situations of women and racial and sexual minorities, child welfare, socioeconomic development and well-being, hunger and poverty, education, health, immigration, ecological sustainability, and mass violence.

Undergraduate Program of Study

  • Certificate in Human Rights

Certificate

The Certificate in Human Rights requires 18 s.h. of credit. The certificate program is open to current University of Iowa undergraduate students and to all individuals who hold a bachelor's degree and are not enrolled in a graduate or professional degree program. Students must maintain a g.p.a. of at least 2.00 in work for the certificate. Completion of the certificate is noted on the student's transcript.

Individuals must declare their intent to earn the certificate and must submit a plan of study; see the Certificate in Human Rights web site for details.

Work for the certificate consists of two core courses (6 s.h.) and several approved electives (12 s.h.) chosen from the lists under "Elective Courses" below.

Students may use certificate courses to fulfill requirements of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences General Education Program and requirements of majors and minors. They may count a maximum of 6 s.h. of transfer credit toward the certificate with approval from the certificate program's faculty advisory group. A maximum of 3 s.h. of credit graded satisfactory/unsatisfactory may be counted toward the certificate.

The Certificate in Human Rights requires the following course work.

Core Courses

Philosophical foundations and contemporary issues in human rights—one of these (students who take additional courses from this list may count them as certificate electives):

091:193 (LAW:8570) Human Rights in the World Community3 s.h.
026:130 (PHIL:3430) Philosophy of Human Rights3 s.h.
016:101 (HIST:4101) History of Human Rights3 s.h.
216:080 (HRTS:2115)/187:080 (IS:2115) Introduction to Human Rights3 s.h.

Human rights in practice—all students must take this course:

216:180 (HRTS:3910)/187:180 (IS:3910) Human Rights Advocacy3 s.h.
Elective Courses

Certificate students must earn 12 s.h. of credit in elective course work chosen from the following lists. They may count a maximum of 6 s.h. of credit from any one department or program toward the certificate elective requirement.

The courses below are grouped by theme to help students choose electives that meet their interests and objectives, but some courses could fit into more than one of these groupings. Each course's content is described on ISIS.

Students who would like to take a course not included in the following lists may submit a petition to the certificate's faculty advisory group. The petition should state the course's number and name and tell why the student wishes to include the course in his or her certificate electives. The petition should be submitted before the preregistration period for the session in which the course will be offered. Students must receive approval from the advisory group in order to count the course toward the certificate. Many courses have prerequisites, and some require enrollment in certain programs or colleges; students should consult the certificate program advisor to be sure they meet the registration requirements for the course they are petitioning to count toward the certificate.

Culture
01H:167 (ARTH:3970) African American Art and Architecture3 s.h.
16A:104 (HIST:4201) History of the American Deaf Community3-4 s.h.
026:001 (PHIL:2401) Matters of Life and Death3 s.h.
030:156 (POLI:3406) Ethnic and Religious Conflict in the Muslim World3 s.h.
032:002 (RELS:1702) The Changing Face of Religion in America3 s.h.
032:003 (RELS:1903) Quest for Human Destiny3 s.h.
032:016 (RELS:1810) Religion and Liberation3 s.h.
036:051 (COMM:2051) Politics of Popular Culture3 s.h.
045:025 (AMST:2025) Diversity and American Identities3 s.h.
046:377 (PHAR:8715)/172:135 (CBH:5225)/096:125 (NURS:3715) Health Disparities and Cultural Competence2-4 s.h.
049:185 (THTR:3415) Cultural Diversity and Identity3 s.h.
091:618 (LAW:9573) Cultural Property/Heritagearr.
113:187 (ANTH:3283) Cultures in Collision3 s.h.
129:061 (AFAM:1020)/045:030 (AMST:1030) Introduction to African American Culture3 s.h.
149:005 (AINS:1355)/08G:005 (ENGL:1355) Literatures of Native American Peoples3 s.h.
149:102 (AINS:3002)/16A:110 (HIST:3002) Introduction to American Indian History and Policy3 s.h.
149:115 (AINS:3211)/16A:115 (HIST:3211) Native North America I: Precontact-17893 s.h.
149:116 (AINS:3212)/16A:116 (HIST:3212) Native North America II: 1789-Present3 s.h.
153:135 (ASP:3135)/042:135 (SSW:3135) Global Aging3 s.h.
Economic Justice
034:066 (SOC:2810) Social Inequality3 s.h.
034:175 (SOC:3840) Community and Urban Sociology3 s.h.
131:055 (GWSS:1002) Gender, Race, and Class in the U.S.3 s.h.
Education
07B:150 (EPLS:4150) Leadership and Public Service I3 s.h.
421:071 (LS:3010) Global Leadership Initiative1 s.h.
Environment
044:104 (GEOG:2410) Environment and Development3 s.h.
044:177 (GEOG:4770) Environmental Justice3 s.h.
113:187 (ANTH:3283) Cultures in Collision3 s.h.
Gender and Sexuality
07C:130 (RCE:4130) Human Sexuality3 s.h.
16A:171 (HIST:4280)/131:171 (GWSS:4280) Women and Power in U.S. History Through the Civil War3 s.h.
16A:175 (HIST:4285)/091:252 (LAW:8551) Family, Gender, and Constitutional History3 s.h.
030:107 (POLI:3114) Women and Politics in the United States3 s.h.
030:160 (POLI:3507) Women and Politics in Global Perspective3 s.h.
032:052 (RELS:2852)/131:060 (GWSS:2052) Women in Islam and the Middle East3 s.h.
032:071 (RELS:2771)/131:071 (GWSS:1710) Sexual Ethics3 s.h.
034:018 (SOC:1310)/131:018 (GWSS:1310) Gender and Society3-4 s.h.
113:154 (ANTH:3119)/131:154 (GWSS:3119) Anthropology of Sexual Minorities3 s.h.
131:010 (GWSS:1001) Introduction to Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies3 s.h.
131:055 (GWSS:1002) Gender, Race, and Class in the U.S.3 s.h.
131:105 (GWSS:3005) Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies Practicum3-4 s.h.
131:131 (GWSS:3131)/032:131 (RELS:3431) Gender and Sexuality in East Asia3 s.h.
131:149 (GWSS:2150)/113:115 (ANTH:2150) Transnational Feminism3 s.h.
131:157 (GWSS:3157)/016:157 (HIST:3157) Gender, Sexuality, and Human Rights3 s.h.
131:161 (GWSS:4461)/034:143 (SOC:4461) Gender and Violence3 s.h.
Global Interactions
16E:130 (HIST:4438) Modern European Imperialism3 s.h.
16W:126 (HIST:4730) Slavery, Jihads, and Saints in Islamic Africa3 s.h.
030:160 (POLI:3507) Women and Politics in Global Perspective3 s.h.
032:155 (RELS:3855) Human Rights and Islam3 s.h.
044:010 (GEOG:1090) Globalization and Geographic Diversity3 s.h.
113:010 (ANTH:2100) Anthropology and Contemporary World Problems3 s.h.
129:097 (AFAM:2610)/169:097 (LEIS:1097) Race, Sport, and Globalization3 s.h.
129:108 (AFAM:3500)/032:108 (RELS:3808) Malcolm X, King, and Human Rights3 s.h.
131:149 (GWSS:2150)/113:115 (ANTH:2150) Transnational Feminism3 s.h.
152:120 (GHS:4600) Global Health and Human Rights2-3 s.h.
152:158 (GHS:3850) Promoting Health Globally3 s.h.
421:071 (LS:3010) Global Leadership Initiative1 s.h.
Health
16A:106 (HIST:4203) Disability in American History3 s.h.
152:120 (GHS:4600) Global Health and Human Rights2-3 s.h.
152:135 (GHS:4340)/027:135 (HHP:4340) Global Health and Global Food3 s.h.
152:138 (GHS:4162)/16W:138 (HIST:4162) History of Global Health3 s.h.
152:158 (GHS:3850) Promoting Health Globally3 s.h.
152:182 (GHS:4230) Health Experience of Immigrants, Migrants, and Refugees3 s.h.
153:135 (ASP:3135)/042:135 (SSW:3135) Global Aging3 s.h.
172:135 (CBH:5225)/046:377 (PHAR:8715)/096:125 (NURS:3715) Health Disparities and Cultural Competence2-4 s.h.
Labor
16A:141 (HIST:4250) Work and Society in Industrializing America3 s.h.
16A:142 (HIST:4252) American Labor in the Twentieth Century3-4 s.h.
16A:147 (HIST:4275)/129:137 (AFAM:4275) History of Slavery in the U.S.A.3-4 s.h.
16W:123 (HIST:4723) Slavery, Gender, and Identity in East Africa3 s.h.
Mass Violence
16E:132 (HIST:4435) War and Society in Modern Europe3 s.h.
16E:158 (HIST:4978) Holocaust in History and Memory3 s.h.
16W:183 (HIST:4176) Vietnam War on Film3-4 s.h.
Migration/Immigration
16A:146 (HIST:4254) Immigrant America 1845-19253 s.h.
045:145 (AMST:3045) Immigration and American Culture3 s.h.
152:182 (GHS:4230) Health Experience of Immigrants, Migrants, and Refugees3 s.h.
Political and Legal Systems and Thought
026:034 (PHIL:1034) Philosophy and the Just Society3 s.h.
026:102 (PHIL:2402) Introduction to Ethics3 s.h.
026:132 (PHIL:3432) Introduction to Political Philosophy3 s.h.
030:107 (POLI:3114) Women and Politics in the United States3 s.h.
030:108 (POLI:3104) Immigration Politics3 s.h.
030:112 (POLI:3105) Minority Representation in American Politics3 s.h.
030:114 (POLI:3106) Racism and Politics in the U.S.3 s.h.
030:155 (POLI:3509) International Courts: The Intersection of Law and Politics3 s.h.
030:156 (POLI:3406) Ethnic and Religious Conflict in the Muslim World3 s.h.
034:045 (SOC:3415) Global Criminology3 s.h.
034:126 (SOC:4540) Social Movements in the U.S.3 s.h.
034:149 (SOC:4420) Sociology of Criminal Punishment3 s.h.
036:054 (COMM:2054) Movements, Protest, Resistance3 s.h.
044:010 (GEOG:1090) Globalization and Geographic Diversity3 s.h.
091:663 (LAW:9528) Advanced Topics in International Law (when topic is Human Rights Law and Policy Research)arr.
149:102 (AINS:3002)/16A:110 (HIST:3002) Introduction to American Indian History and Policy3 s.h.
216:177 (HRTS:3906) Human Rights Systems: Institutions and Mechanisms Enforcing and Implementing Human Rights3 s.h.
Race
01H:167 (ARTH:3970) African American Art and Architecture3 s.h.
16A:147 (HIST:4275)/129:137 (AFAM:4275) History of Slavery in the U.S.A.3-4 s.h.
028:079 (SPST:2079)/129:079 (AFAM:2079) Race and Ethnicity in Sport3 s.h.
030:108 (POLI:3104) Immigration Politics3 s.h.
030:112 (POLI:3105) Minority Representation in American Politics3 s.h.
030:114 (POLI:3106) Racism and Politics in the U.S.3 s.h.
030:164 (POLI:3508) Race in World Politics3 s.h.
034:155 (SOC:3830) Race and Ethnicity3 s.h.
034:175 (SOC:3840) Community and Urban Sociology3 s.h.
045:030 (AMST:1030)/129:061 (AFAM:1020) Introduction to African American Culture3 s.h.
045:153 (AMST:3053)/129:153 (AFAM:3053) The Civil Rights Movement3 s.h.
129:063 (AFAM:1230)/032:063 (RELS:2730) African American Islam3 s.h.
129:097 (AFAM:2610)/169:097 (LEIS:1097) Race, Sport, and Globalization3 s.h.
129:108 (AFAM:3500)/032:108 (RELS:3808) Malcolm X, King, and Human Rights3 s.h.
129:123 (AFAM:3245)/032:126 (RELS:3745) Twentieth-Century African American Religion: Civil Rights to Hip-Hop3 s.h.
131:055 (GWSS:1002) Gender, Race, and Class in the U.S.3 s.h.
Rights of the Child
07C:176 (RCE:4176) Child Abuse: Assessment, Intervention, and Advocacy3 s.h.
216:175 (HRTS:3900)/187:175 (IS:3900) Child Labor and International Human Rights3 s.h.
Topics
187:003 (IS:2012) Issues in International Studies1 s.h.
187:176 (IS:3905)/216:176 (HRTS:3905) Topics in Human Rights1-3 s.h.

 

Courses

216:080 (HRTS:2115) Introduction to Human Rights3 s.h.
Analysis and evaluation of the international human rights program; relationship between human rights and international law. Same as 187:080 (IS:2115).
 
216:173 (HRTS:4283) U.S. Women's History as the History of Human Rights3-4 s.h.
History of human rights in the United States traced through the perspective of women; aspects of women's experience (social, political, intellectual) related to fundamental human rights—right to a nationality, right to life, liberty and personal security, right to freedom of movement, right to take part in the government of their country, right to own property; these and other rights specified by the United Nations in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948; different history of men and women enjoying these rights; how human rights have been constructed and experienced in the United States from the era of colonial settlement to present. Same as 16A:173 (HIST:4283), 045:173 (AMST:4283), 131:173 (GWSS:4283).
 
216:174 (HRTS:3895) Human Rights and Community Development3 s.h.
Exploration of connections and tensions between human rights as defined by member states of the United Nations; meaning and practice of community development, especially but not exclusively, in the United States; focus on critical thinking, in‑depth discussion of readings, group work, and individual writing.
 
216:175 (HRTS:3900) Child Labor and International Human Rights3 s.h.
Complexity of child labor in global, regional, national, and local contexts; international human rights system, current programs and strategies for reducing or eliminating abusive child labor. Same as 187:175 (IS:3900).
 
216:176 (HRTS:3905) Topics in Human Rights1-3 s.h.
Examination of emerging human rights issues from an interdisciplinary and international perspective. Same as 187:176 (IS:3905).
 
216:177 (HRTS:3906) Human Rights Systems: Institutions and Mechanisms Enforcing and Implementing Human Rights3 s.h.
Beginning of modern human rights era in 1948 and newly formed United Nations as one of the few institutions acting to protect human rights; present day aspiring advocates confronted by bewildering array of institutions to which they might bring human rights concerns; human rights enforcement mechanisms from an advocate's point of view; shortcomings of human rights enforcement and how it can be made better; broad definition of advocacy; legal and nonlegal conceptions of enforcement.
 
216:180 (HRTS:3910) Human Rights Advocacy3 s.h.
Theoretical foundations and critical issues for international human rights advocacy and international humanitarian movements. Same as 187:180 (IS:3910).
 
216:181 (HRTS:3915) Human Rights and the Arts3 s.h.
Ways in which violations of and struggle for human rights have affected and been affected by literary, musical, visual, architectural, and theatrical/dramatic arts in various countries past and present; art considered as expression, as market of identity, and as historical document.