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					HUBERT H. HUMPHREY                                   Katherine Fennelly, Concentration Head
SCHOOL OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS                             Humphrey Center, Room 261
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA                     612-625-6685

                                     HUMAN RIGHTS
                                Predesigned Concentration Information

The predesigned concentration in Human Rights is intended to provide an interdisciplinary
foundation in human rights studies and practical experience in human rights work.

Comparison of Graduate School Human Rights Minor and Humphrey School Human
Rights Predesigned Concentration
There is a Human Rights Minor offered through the University which some Humphrey students
may choose to complete and apply towards their concentration. Others may wish to select the
human rights predesigned concentration without working toward the minor. Note the following
differences between the two:

Graduate Minor in Human Rights                              Humphrey Concentration in Human Rights
Must be declared through the Human Rights Minor             Can include PA courses (see requirements below)
Coordinator: Barb Frey,                     Substitutions require only the approval of the
Must include a 200 hour internship (approved by the Minor     Humphrey Human Rights Concentration Head
  Coordinator). This internship may be applicable towards
  the 400 hour Humphrey requirement for Public Policy
  students. Contact Career Services for clarification.
The 9 credits in human rights coursework required for the
  minor may NOT include any PA courses; i.e. they must be
  courses offered by other departments
All substitutions of coursework must be approved by the
  Minor Coordinator

Concentration Requirements
The concentration in human rights requires completion of nine credits: two of the four core
courses listed below and at least one elective course (3cr) taken from the designated elective
course list, also below.

Core Courses -- May not be taken S-N; must complete two of the four courses listed below

LAW 6886, International Human Rights Law
International Human Rights Law is designed to introduce students to issues, procedures, and
advocacy strategies regarding the promotion and protection of human rights worldwide. The
class encourages student to analyze case situations and to evaluate the most effective method to
prevent human rights violations.

POL 8660, Theoretical Approaches to Human Rights
Approaches human rights issues from interdisciplinary theoretical perspectives, focusing on
historical origins of human rights ideas, norms, and institutions; human rights and cultural

relativism debates; causes of violations; and understanding how international and domestic
actions could improve situations in countries around the world.

GLOS 5900/Law 6058, Human Rights Advocacy
This course builds on the human rights internship experiences that students have by discussing
the theoretical basis of the human rights movement and the nature of the organizations in the
human rights field, their strategies, tactics and programs. Case studies are used to help students
learn about and evaluate human rights advocacy methods.

POL 5485, Human Rights and Democracy in the World
This course examines the question of democracy and international human rights in theory and in
practice. Students study the history of the idea of human rights and the basic human rights
treaties and declarations. The class looks at cases of countries with authoritarian regimes and
human rights violations and explores the role of non-violent movements to bring about social

Approved Elective Courses (others may be allowed with approval of concentration head)
       May be taken S-N up to the allowable limit of less than one third of total course credits
AFEE 5361 World Development Problems, 3cr
AFRO 8202 Seminar: Intellectual History of Race (Brewer), 3cr
AFRO 8554 Gender, Race, Nation, and Policy - Perspectives from Within the African Diaspora
(Brewer), 3cr
AMIN 5890 Problems in American Indian History (O’Brien), 3cr
ANTH 8120 Problems in Culture Change and Applied Anthropology, 3cr
ANTH 8207 Political and Social Anthropology (Lipset), 3cr
CHIC 5310 Chicanas/os and the Law (DeLeon), 3cr
CHIC 5374 Migrant Farmworkers in the U.S.: Families, Work, and Advocacy (Sass Zaragoza),
CSPH 5321 Introduction to International Health (Robinson), 2cr
ESPM 5001 Treaty Rights and Natural Resources (Spangler), 3cr
EPSY 5152 Psychology of Conflict Resolution (Johnson), 3cr
EPSY 5135 Human Relations Workshop (Johnson) 4cr
GEOG 5385 Globalization and Development: Political Economy (Samatar), 4cr
GEOG 8310 Seminar: Social and Cultural Geography (Leitner), 3cr
GWSS 5103 Feminist Pedagogies (Torres), 3cr
HIST 5285/JWST 5111 Problems in Historiography and Representation of the Holocaust, 3cr
HIST 8720 Research Seminar in Central European History: War and Peace in the German
Cultural Realm (Weitz), 3cr
HRIR 5025 Comparative and International Human Resources and Industrial Relations (Scoville),
HRIR 8023 International Human Resource Management (Leslie), 2cr
JWST 5111/HIST 5285 Problems in Historiography and Representation of the Holocaust, 3cr
JWST 5900 Topics in Jewish Studies: Workshop on the Holocaust and Contemporary Genocide,
KIN 5371 Sport and Society (LaVoi), 3cr
LAW 6030 Contemporary Problems in Freedom of Speech and Press (Kirtley)
LAW 6602 International Law (Ní Aoláin), 3cr

LAW 6635 European Union Law (Ní Aoláin), 2cr
LAW 6636 Inter-American Human Rights System Seminar, (Stohl/Beebe) 2cr
LAW 6815 Inter-American Human Rights System (Marrero-Fente), 2cr
LAW 6827 Women’s International Human Rights (Weissbrodt), 2cr
OLPD 5080 Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development
PA 5401 Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy (Hanratty), 3cr
PA 5451/PUBH 6281 Immigrant Health Issues (Fennelly/Councilman), 3-4crs (web course)
PA 5452 Immigration and Public Policy (Fennelly), 3cr
PA 5821 Humanitarianism, 3cr
PA 5890 Topics in Foreign Policy and International Affairs: Crisis Management (Andreasen),
PA 5890 Topics in Foreign Policy and International Affairs: Globalization and the World Food
Economy (Johnson), 3cr
PA 8686 Feminist Organizations, 3cr
PHIL 8320 Ethics of Research on Human Subjects (Kahn), 3cr
POL 8260 Topics in Political Theory: Gender and Citizenship – Comparative and Political
Theory Perspectives (Disch), 3cr
POL 8403 International Norms and Institutions (Sikkink), 3cr
PUBH 6055 Social Inequalities in Health (Jones-Webb), 2cr
PUBH 6066 Community Organizing for Public Health Workers (Axtell) 2cr
PUBH 6131 Working in Global Health, (Greaves), 2cr
PUBH 6281/PA 5451 Immigrant Health Issues (Fennelly/Councilman), 3-4cr (web course)
PUBH 6800 Global Health, Relief, Development and Religious & Non-Religious NGOs
(Allison), 2cr
PUBH 6801 Health and Human Rights (Allison), 2cr
SOC 8101 Sociology of Law (Boyle), 3cr
SPAN 5529 The Impact of Globalization in Latin American Discourses (Ramos-Garcia), 3cr
SPAN 5532 Literature and National Disintegration, 3cr
SW 8525 Global Perspectives on Social Welfare, Peace, and Justice (Menanteau), 3cr

Human Rights Internships
MPP students are encouraged to do their Humphrey internship in the human rights field or do an
additional internship of at least 80 hours in an organization (NGO or IGO) working in the field
of human rights. The internship experience is designed to offer students an opportunity to
observe human rights practice first-hand. The Human Rights Program will assist students in
contacting organizations that provide human rights internships locally, nationally or
internationally. (Note that time spent on fieldwork in some Capstone workshops may qualify for
internship hours; contact the concentration head for more information).

Former MPP students’ internship experiences:
Sarah Herder: Child Workers in Nepal Concerned Center (CWIN). “I led a research project on
the media’s influence on children’s consumption of alcohol and tobacco, edited several reports,
including the annual ‘State of the Rights of the Child Report 2004,’ and helped with many other
projects as needed. I was able to visit children’s shelters and schools, learn from colleagues of
this grassroots organization, and help hone my research skills.”

Lara Mapp: The Advocates for Human Rights. “I was involved with their Monitoring program
and their Education program. I assisted them by posting up-to-date news on Sierra Leone, and
Peru, researching the transitional justice process, creating materials for their transitional justice
curriculum, researching monitoring strategies and other activities.”
Victoria Lichtman: “I volunteered with Peace Now and several other human rights/peace
advocacy groups in Israel. During my internship I spent time in the Peace Now office in Tel Aiv
and Jerusalem, helping coordinate some of the grassroots campaigns and the Settlement Watch
transcripts and press releases. I provided editing and website help-especially with translations,
etc. I traveled to West Bank with other human rights groups (Machsom Watch, Ta’ayush,
Yachad political party) and accompanied political lobbyists and activists on fact finding missions
to the West Bank. I also met and interviewed peace advocates and activists from both Israeli and
Palestinian counterparts.”

Other students have completed internships with the following organizations:
- U.S. State Department Bureaus of Population, Refugees, and Migration (D.C.)
- Center for Victims of Torture (Belgium, DRC, and USA)
- Friends of Ngong Road (Kenya)
- Western Shosone Defense Fund (Nevada)
- ANDES (Asociacion de Naturaleza, Desarollo Sostenable) (Cuzco, Peru)
- Organization for Security and Co-Operation in Europe (Bosnia)
- International Action Network on Small Arms (Waterloo, Canada)
- Mexico City Human Rights Commission (Mexico)
- U.S. International Council on Disability (Washington, D.C.)

Faculty associated with concentration
Core Courses:
Barbara Frey, Global Studies, Coordinator of the Human Rights Minor
Kathryn Sikkink, Political Science
David Weissbrodt, Law
Eric D. Weitz, History

Affiliated Faculty:
Karen Brown, ICGC
Katherine Fennelly, Public Affairs
Oren Gross, Law
Elizabeth Heger Boyle, Sociology
Helga Leitner, Geography
Fionnuala Ní Aoláin, Law
Luis Ramos Garcia, Spanish and Portuguese
John Vreyens, Agricultural, Food and Environmental Sciences
Mahmood A. Zaidi, Human Resources and Industrial Relations

Additional Information
For more information see:

Or contact:
Human Rights Program
University of Minnesota
214 Social Sciences
267 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Tel: 612.626.7947
Fax: 612.626.2242


Professor Katherine Fennelly
(contact information above)


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