Human Rights and Poverty: Case Studies
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Level: Undergraduate, Graduate
Division: The New School for Public Engagement
School: Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy
Department: Milano General Curriculum
Course Number: NINT 5293
Course Format: Lecture
Location: NYC campus
Permission Required: No
- International Affairs
- Economic Development
- Human Rights
Human rights are more often than not associated with violations of civil and political freedoms such as torture or arbitrary detention. Yet according to Louise Arbour, the High Commissioner on Human Rights, it is poverty that is the greatest human rights challenge facing the global community. This is also a complex challenge: is poverty a violation of human rights? Which rights are involved and who is failing in their obligations? What would be the appropriate public policy choices? What are the responsibilities of corporations, communities, individuals? Human rights perspectives on poverty are emerging as an important new area of study and practice in both human rights and development fields. There are many controversies over basic concepts. The course is an effort to introduce case study methods in the teaching of human rights and development, a method that is well established in other fields such as business and law, but not widely used in human rights or international affairs. Each student will develop a case study on human rights and poverty, and use the case to illustrate key concepts and principles of human rights.