2020-2021 Undergraduate Bulletin

POL 320 International Human Rights

3 hours 

A review of the evolution of international human rights and of the legal instruments designed for their protection. A discussion of the main civil, political, social, economic and cultural rights in the International Bill of Rights. An examination of the theoretical foundations of the idea of human rights in various civilizations and cultures. Its legacy within the Western and non-Western traditions, and its meaning and relevance in dealing with the major challenges posed by international crimes, including genocide and war crimes.




ENG 201, and GOV 101 or POL 101, and junior standing or above. Additional recommended courses: POL 259/GOV 259/LAW 259 or POL 260/GOV 260


This course satisfies the John Jay College Option: Justice in Global Perspective (300-level) area of the Gen Ed Program.