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April 30, 2020 at 1:25 pm

Summer 2020 | CLJC & Anthropology Offer Online Course on International Justice

Haley Duschinsk, portrait

Dr. Haley Duschinsk

Undergraduate & graduate students interested in law, justice and culture are encouraged to enroll in a new summer online course offering, ANTH 4620/5620: Human Rights, Law & Justice.

The course is offered second summer session, from June 29 to Aug. 15. It is taught by Dr. Haley Duschinski, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Center for Law, Justice & Culture.

The undergraduate section, ANTH 4620, counts for the Anthropology major & minor as well as the War & Peace major & certificate and the Law, Justice & Culture certificate. (See other CLJC certificate courses.)

The graduate section, ANTH 5620, counts for the MA in Law, Justice & Culture and the Master of Social Sciences, as well as other relevant fields.

Other summer online CLJC MA electives include:

See all CLJC summer online offerings.

About ANTH 4620/5620

ANTH 4620/5620 applies anthropological perspectives to issues of human rights and the law, with special attention to the politics of truth, justice, and reconciliation in post-conflict and democratizing countries.

Starting with the Nuremberg trials and moving to contemporary conflict and post-conflict situations, the course looks at how various communities of people imagine the meanings, possibilities, and complications of human rights, law and justice in particular cultural contexts, and at particular historical moments.

Through the course, students examine particular cases from different world regions — Latin America, Africa, Europe, and Asia — to consider some of the questions facing countries that are emerging from periods of significant human rights violations, including how to attribute responsibility and guilt, how to deal with perpetrators, and how to provide proper redress to victims.

Anth 4620/5620 adopts an interdisciplinary social science perspective, examining literature, memoirs, films, ethnographies, and oral histories as various modes of representing international justice in context, including international courts and tribunals, as well as truth commissions, memorialization projects, reparations programs, and other transitional mechanisms.

As we consider these questions, we will pay special attention to the ways in which anthropology, in particular, has contributed to the theoretical and practical concerns of human rights and justice movements in the world today.

This course is designed to help students understand the theoretical and methodological issues relating to issues of human rights, law and justice in the contemporary world.

It is grounded in a “law and society” liberal arts perspective that considers the social and cultural production of law in particular contexts, focusing specifically on international justice interventions.

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