Graduate Course List

  • ISHR Fall 2018 Graduate Courses
  •     HRTS GU4215 NGOs & the Human Rights Movement
  •     HRTS GU4230 Refugees, Forced Migration, and Displacement
  •     HRTS GR4300 Economic and Social Rights: Policy and Practice
  •     HRTS GU4650 Children's Rights Advocacy
  •     HRTS GU4900 UN Human Rights Bodies: Impact, Reform, Advocacy
  •     HRTS GU4915 Human Rights & Urban Public Space
  •     HRTS ​GU4950 Human Rights and Human Wrongs
  •     HRTS GR5404 Human Rights of Women
  •     HRTS GR6020 Introduction to Human Rights
  •     HRTS GR6800 International Human Rights Law
  •     HRTS GR6990 Human Rights Graduate Research Seminar

As part of Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS), our students take courses in a range of departments, including Political Science, Religion, Anthropology, Women’s Studies, and Sociology. Students can also take human rights related courses offered by other schools at Columbia.

Each semester, the program publishes a list of courses of potential interest to graduate students. We try to keep this information as up-to-date as possible, but students should also consult the Directory of Classes, departments offering the course, and school bulletins for additional course information when planning their course schedules.

This course list is subject to change upon receipt of additional course information. If you would like to suggest an addition or modification to this list, please email relevant course information and syllabi to Courses that are not on the pre-approved list may also fulfill degree requirements if the student can demonstrate that he or she can complete substantial coursework specifically focusing on human rights in that course.

Before each semester’s registration period, students should confer with the program to verify that courses of interest fulfill degree requirements. Students should submit courses under consideration via the online Course Advising Form.

Approval of a class for the degree does not guarantee enrollment in that course. Students are responsible for following all registration and cross-registration procedures. Consult the Directory of Classes and individual departments/instructors regarding any permission/application/prerequisites needed for a course.

Types of Courses

Pre-Approved Courses

Pre-Approved Courses automatically count towards the degree as an elective human rights course. They fulfill the concentration requirement of the degree, depending on the student’s selected concentration.

Additional courses

These courses are additional courses of potential interest to human rights students. Courses on this list, as well as others listed on the Directory of Classes, may fulfill degree requirements if the student can demonstrate that he or she can complete substantial coursework specifically focusing on human rights. Students who would like to count one of these courses towards the degree should consult with the program.


Dept Course # Format Title Instructor(s) Credits
ANTH G6157 SEM Idea of a Black Radical Tradition Scott, David 3.0
CLEN GU4550 LEC Narrative and Human Rights Slaughter, Joseph R 3.0
CSER GU4482 LEC Indigenous Peoples' Rights: From Local Identities to the Global Indigenous Movement Stamatopoulou, Elsa 3.0
CSER GU4483 SEM Subcitizenship Rockefeller, Stuart 4.0
CSER GU4340 SEM Visionary Medicine: Racial Justice, Health and Speculative Fictions Dasgupta, Sayantani T 4.0
ECON GU4480 LEC Gender and Applied Economics Edlund, Lena 3.0
HIST GU4036 SEM Displacement in the Middle East and Eastern Europe - 4.0
HIST GU4038 SEM The Black Radical Tradition in America Wilder, Craig 4.0
HRTS GR6800 SEM International Human Rights Law Winkler, Inga 3.0
HRTS GR6990 SEM Human Rights Research Seminar Nettelfield, Lara 3.0
HRTS GU4185 SEM Human Rights and Global Economic Justice Braun, Rainer 3.0
HRTS GU4270 SEM Social Media and Human Rights Perlmutter, Ted 3.0
HRTS GU4340 SEM Human Rights Accountability and Remedies Lindstrom, Beatrice 3.0
HRTS GU4500 SEM Socio-Economic Rights: Selected Issues Winkler, Inga 3.0
HRTS GU4600 SEM Human Rights in the Anthropocene Chasin, Noah 3.0
HRTS GU4810 SEM Religion and Human Rights Chuman, Joseph 3.0
HRTS GU4880 SEM Human Rights in the United States Nettelfield, Lara 3.0
HRTS GU4930 SEM Int'l Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Cronin, Bruce 4.0
HRTS GU6990 SEM Human Rights Research Seminar Dragomir, Cristina 3.0
HRTS GR9040 - Internship Nettelfield, Lara 1.0
INAF U4420 LEC Oil, Rights, Development Radon, Jenik 1.0
INAF U6202 SEM Communications Policy in the Digital Age Micek, Peter 3.0
INAF U6352 LEC United Nations and Globalization Jenks, Bruce 3.0
INAF U6376 SEM LGBT Rights Internationally Stern, Jessica 3.0
INAF U6403 Regulating Reproduction Ergas, Yasmine 3.0
INAF U6495 LEC Policy and Practice Humanitarian Assistance Grogan, Brian D 1.5
INAF U6498 PRC Human Rights Practicum I Barkan, Elazar 1.5
INAF U8180 SEM Human Rights Skills & Advocacy Becker, Jo 3.0
INAF U8785 SEM Gender, Politics, and Development McGill, Eugenia 3.0
INAF U6382 SEM Technology, National Security and the Citizen Wichowski, Alexis 3.0
INAF U6551 LEC Why We Fail: Lessons In Conflict Resolution Luck, Edward 3.0
INAF U6553 LEC Advancing Human Protection Luck, Edward 3.0
INAF U8893 WRK Human Rights and Business Clinic II Bauer, Joanne 3.0
ITSF TC4603 LEC Human/Social Dimensions of Peace Tibbitts, Felisa 3.0
LAW L6333 LEC Refugee, Migration and Citizenship Law: A Comparative Perspective Benhabib, Seyla 3.0
LAW L6357 LEC Public Health Law Goldman, Janlori 2.0
LAW L6459 LEC The Law of Genocide Rosensaft 2.0
LAW L6473 LEC Labor Law Barenberg, Mark 4.0
LAW L6511 LEC Education Equality: Role of Law Heubert, Jay 2.0
LAW L8006 SEM Domestic Violence and the Law Leidholdt, Dorchin 2.0
LAW L8288 SEM Socio-Economic Rights Ahmed, Kayum 2.0
LAW L8291 SEM Advanced Human Rights Practicum Cleveland, Sarah 3.0
LAW L8941 SEM International Criminal Law Damrosch, Lori 2.0
LAW L9164 SEM Labor Rights in a Global Economy Barenberg, Mark 3.0
LAW L9383 SEM International Humanitarian Law Rona, Gabor 2.0
LAW L9410 SEM Law and Policy of Homelessness Hopper, Kim 2.0
LAW L9449 SEM Religious Liberty Battles in the Supreme Court Lewin, Nathan 2.0
LAW L9827 SEM Schools, Courts and Civic Participation Rebell, Michael 2.0
LAW W8829 COL International Human Rights Advocacy Shamsi, Hina 2.0
MDES GU4357 LEC War, Genocide, and Their Aftermath: Comp. Perspectives Mouradian, Khatchig 3.0
NMED PS5220 LEC Narrative, Health, and Social Justice Dasgupta, Sayantani 4.0
POPF P6670 LEC Accountability and Ethics in Humanitarian Assistance Asgary, Ramin 1.5
POPF P8607 LEC Health and Human Rights Advocacy Rivera, Lourdes 1.5
POPF P8610 LEC SRH and HIV/AIDS: Clinical, Policy and Program Perspectives Collins, Lynn 3.0
POPF P8620 LEC Protection of Children in Disaster and War: A Global Classroom Linked to Practitioners in Northern Uganda - Pilot Project Boothby, Neil 3.0
POPF P8639 LEC Gender Based Violence in Complex Emergencies - 1.5
POPF P8665 LEC Global Perspectives on Reproductive Health de Pinho, Helen 3.0
POPF P8683 LEC Psychosocial and Mental Health Issues in Forced Migration Wessells, Michael 1.5
POPF P8686 SEM The Protection of Human Rights in the Contemporary World Zard, Monette 1.5
PUAF U8353 SEM Race Policy American Politics Greer, Christina 3.0
SOCW T7312 LEC Social Work with LGBTQ People and Communities Shugrue, Catherine 3.0
SOSC P8709 SEM Sexuality, Gender, Health and Human Rights Oliveira, Gabrielle 3.0
SOSC P8747 LEC The Ethics of Public Health Bayer, Ronald 3.0
SOSC P8903 SEM A Public Health View of Mass Incarceration: Past, Present, and Future Hutchinson, Carly 3.0
WMST GR6001 SEM Theoretical Paradigm: Feminist Practice: Reframing Gender Violence Abu-Lughod, Lila 3.0
WMST GU4303 SEM Gender, Globalization, Empire Tadiar, Neferti 4.0
WMST GU4506 SEM Gender Justice Franke, Katherine 4.0