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This course will use the case of torture to explore the nature of human rights in depth. Experience in the US over the last nearly two decades has shown how fragile human rights can be. At the same time, the US experience is far from unique. The course will use interdisciplinary materials, including newly declassified documents, to explore the recent history of torture and as well as campaigns against it. While primary attention will be given to recent US practices, torture will be explored as an international phenomenon. Students will gain a sense of the resilience and fragility of national and international norms regarding human rights. We will also consider the appropriate roles of legal and health professionals when faced with demands to participate in problematic official actions. Finally, we will look at the psychological experiences of the participants in the torture ritual: perpetrators, victims, and bystanders.

Basic Enrollment Requirements: Unofficial Transcript – High School Degree, Bachelor’s Degree, or progress towards a Bachelor’s Degree – 3.0 GPA; Registration for this course will open on 9/1/2019, please click the 'notify me' button above and we will let you know when it opens.

Instructor Approval: Not required

Remission Eligible: Yes; first day of term; all university policies apply

Refund Policy: For-Credit 3+ Weeks

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School of Arts & Sciences