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Program Goals and Student Outcomes

Program Goals

  1. Educate students to recognize and interpret the nature of and need for human rights to respond to moral violations such as genocide, slavery and trafficking, torture, denial of liberty, and world poverty.
  2. Encourage students to identify, compare, and appraise diverse cultural and theoretical representations of human rights as evidenced in scholarship, literature and the arts, legal decisions, historical events and narratives, and cross-cultural traditions and norms.
  3.  Prepare students to design and critically assess multidisciplinary connections to human rights both across the university and within their own educational programs.
  4. Engage students to participate in human rights practice through high impact student learning experiences, such as a capstone project, service learning, internships, or study abroad opportunities.

Student Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and evaluate the historical, philosophical, political and cultural developments establishing human rights as a set of global norms, agreements, and procedures.
  2. Explore global human rights institutions, law, and processes, and assess the impact of their interaction with national and local cultural practices and norms.
  3. Critically examine the impact of diverse geographic, cultural and theoretical contexts on the social acceptance and practical application of human rights norms.
  4. Synthesize interdisciplinary approaches and contributions to topics such as gender, race, poverty, violence and post-colonialism within a human rights framework.
  5. Reflectively evaluate the effectiveness of human rights practice on local, national or international humanitarian efforts.