Advancing human rights and social justice
The beauty of our world lies in its abundance of different cultures, religions, voices and perspectives. When those differences divide rather than unite, the world suffers, and so do vulnerable individuals. Assistant professor Marie Berry of Korbel’s Sié Chéou-Kang Center for International Security and Diplomacy aims to remedy that by empowering those fighting injustice. Berry brings together women activists tackling challenges around the world to strengthen their causes with research-backed strategies. Korbel alumna Dian Agustino may soon be among that community of activists. She came to Korbel from her native Indonesia to learn effective ways to address her country’s most pressing human rights pitfalls, specifically gender-based violence. During her time at Korbel, Agustino learned from other activists, working at a local immigration detention center and interning with an organization aimed at helping Palestinian refugees in Jordan and Lebanon.
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Global Poverty and Human Rights
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This course explores the many dimensions of global poverty and human rights and well-being of people around the world. Three particular areas are emphasized and explored in detail. The first is the exact dimensions and extent of globalization. The second is the exact nature of another complex thought called poverty. The third area explores the connections between globalization, poverty, and human rights. After rigorous discussion of the conceptual foundations, we focus on the U.N. millennium development goals for poverty reduction in particular. At the end we will be able to explore the analytical foundation of alternative policies, strategies and evaluate these for formulating alternative strategies addressing human rights issues and global poverty reduction.
Genocide and the Human Condition
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The well known Holocaust scholar, Daniel Jonah Goldhagen has argued that genocide is worse than war and we look at the mas killings of the past one hundred years he is probably correct. This course not only examines genocide comparatively by studying the Holocaust and genocide in Rwanda, Cambodia other countries and regions of the world but focuses on the question of if it can be ended. Does the popular phrase "Never Again" have any meaning or will genocide continue and even escalate in the twenty first century.
Gender, Security and Human Rights
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This course examines the gendered dimensions of security and human rights, with a particular focus on periods of violence and insecurity. Gender equality has been at the heart of human rights and development efforts over the past half-century. Legal and normative instruments have been created to address the ongoing marginalization of women and girls around the world, including the 1979 Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and the 1995 Beijing Platform of Action. More recently there has been increasing attention to the importance of “gendering” discussions of international security. For instance, UN Security Council Resolution 1325, passed in 2000, is widely seen as a landmark framework for ensuring women’s inclusion in the post-war peace process.
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