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.
Research will be based on the topic chosen by the student for the interim assessment or PBAT.
Socratic Seminars and essays on each case study (e.g., Child Labor, Water Access and Control, and Globalization)
Transnational Capital Auction Simulation
Myself at 35 Project
Comparisons on UDHR & African Charter
Cow Plans based on market versus command economy