Lehrveranstaltungen RICHARDSON-LITTLE Ned

This course explores the history of human rights since the American and French Revolutions. Although this course begins with Western ideas about human rights in the 18th Century, it will also be global in scope and include concepts of and movement for human rights from Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The key historical questions in this course will be: how have people defined and understood human rights and how have they sought to realize them over the past two centuries. Some specific topics will include nationalism, slavery abolitionism, the United Nations, the Civil Rights Movement, anti-colonialism, communism, women’s rights, Apartheid, globalization and genocide.

This course will examine the parallel rise of global international criminal networks and international legal systems to combat transnational illicit activity in the 20th century. Themes would include human trafficking, forced labour, narcotics, and money laundering alongside the international reform activism and diplomatic initiatives to create global legal responses to these issues. The course would encompass global and transnational historical methodology and develop students historiographical understanding of the interplay between black markets, social movements, and international relations.