History C187: The History and Practice of Human Rights

History C187: The History and Practice of Human Rights (Fall 2011, UC Berkeley). Instructor: Professor Thomas W. Laqueur. What are human rights? Where did they originate and when? Who retains them, and when are we obliged to defend them? This course examines the historical development of human rights to the present day, focusing on, but not confined to, the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. More than a history of origins, it explores the relationships between human rights and other crucial themes in the history of the modern era.

Lecture 01 - Introduction
Lecture 02 - Human Rights Before "Human Rights"
Lecture 04 - Human Rights - 18th Century
Lecture 05 - 19th Century Humanitarianism and Humanitarian Intervention
Lecture 06 - Human Rights and Ethics in War
Lecture 07 - Imperial Contradictions: Claims of Progress and the Facts of Death
Lecture 08 - The Case of Female Genital Mutilation
Lecture 09 - The American Genocide, Guest Lecturer: Michelle Tusan
Lecture 10 - Anti-Human Rights
Lecture 12 - Internal Criminal Tribunals
Lecture 13 - Witnessing, Human Rights and Humanitarian Activism
Lecture 14 - Human Rights Culture I: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Lecture 15 - Human Rights Culture
Lecture 17 - Human Rights in the International Politics of States
Lecture 20 - The Corpus Delecti and the Names of the Dead
Lecture 21 - Can Human Rights Stop Mass Incarceration?
Lecture 23 - Human Rights Claims by Gays & Lesibians
Lecture 27 - The Work of Human Rights Today, AMNESTY International
Lecture 28 - 10 Things I hoped You Learned