Political Science Major
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POS 380: International Human Rights
This course examines how international human rights norms emerge and evolve. We analyze how international organizations and social movements work to raise awareness of human rights crises and advocate for stronger protections. We examine historical and contemporary humanitarian crises and evaluate when and why the international community acts to enforce human rights laws. As a part of the course, students engage in volunteer work supporting members of refugee communities in Portland. This component enriches understanding of the cases we study in the course by providing students the opportunity to meet members of the Portland community who have fled humanitarian crises.
Kyle Parker, a senior staff member on the Committee on Foreign Affairs in the U.S. House of Representatives spoke to the USM community on Monday, October 20th. Through his work as a policy adviser on the Helsinki Commission, Mr. Parker has played an influential role in developing landmark sanctions on human rights violators in Russia.