Human Rights and the Global Economy

This course explores economic concepts and human rights in order to investigate the economic roots of human rights abuses around the world. Questions driving this course include:
What rights should be guaranteed to all human beings, to all communities of people?
What is meant by “economy” and “economics”?
How are the 3 main economic questions answered in different systems?
What is the relationship between economics and human rights?
What systems, institutions, and/or policies promote inequalities in human rights?
What decisions and actions can occur at the local, national and global level to shape an economic system that provides human rights for all?

This course includes the opportunity to write a PBAT research paper. For many students the course will culminate in the PBAT presentation. Those who do not present PBATs will present their papers through participation in an end-of-course roundtable discussion.

Readings: 
Confessions of an Economic Hitman
Slave
Half the Sky
Research: 

Research will be based on the topic chosen by the student for the interim assessment or PBAT.

Media Used: 
The Devil's Miner
Tapped
Flow
Material World
Interim Assessments: 

Socratic Seminars and essays on each case study (e.g., Child Labor, Water Access and Control, and Globalization)

Significant Activities or Projects: 

Transnational Capital Auction Simulation

Myself at 35 Project

Comparisons on UDHR & African Charter

Cow Plans based on market versus command economy

Sample PBATs: 
Child Labor: yes or no?
Should water be controlled privately or publicly?