Global Politics: Human Rights and Justice
- Grade 9+
- History and Social Science
More than 920 million people are undernourished worldwide, despite the fact that there is more than enough food for everyone. Numerous countries rank national interests above global concerns, leading to heavy pollution or overuse of nonrenewable resources. Meanwhile. affluent states regularly deny immigration to individuals seeking to escape persecution or poverty. What obligations do developed states and their citizens have to others who are suffering? Is it humane to uphold social structures that perpetuate inequality and harm future generations? Should states hold military interventions to address human rights abuses? This course simulates the decision-making processes key to addressing these questions, especially as they pertain to human rights and economic justice. You and your classmates will research case studies of genocide, learn the history and practice of multilateral aid networks, and debate theories of justice while learning to think critically about and address the injustices that shape our modern world.
Typical Class Size: 16-18
- Define the various types of human rights
- Discuss the historical background of the international human rights movement
- Identify the human rights and accountability dimensions in contemporary international affairs
- Apply key concepts and theories of international relations to the issues of human rights and accountability in both written and oral form
- Research relevant topics using methods appropriate to the study of international relations
- Construct logical arguments with theses and supporting evidence for their conclusions in both written and oral form
Summer Dates & Locations
Testing and Prerequisites
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Cost and Financial Aid
- Nonrefundable Application Fee - $50 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
- Nonrefundable International Fee - $250 (outside US only)
Financial Aid is available
We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.
Please acquire all course materials by the course start date, unless noted as perishable. Items marked as “perishable” should not be acquired until the student needs them in the course. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact [email protected].
These titles have been featured in past sessions of the course, and may be included this summer. CTY provides students with all texts; no purchase is required.
- Political Theory and International Relations, Charles R. Beitz
- Universal Human Rights in Theory and Practice, Jack Donnelly
Students must bring a tablet, laptop computer, or Chromebook for use during the session. A smartphone will not be sufficient.
About History and Social Science at CTY
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