Graduate Course List

  • ISHR Fall 2019 Graduate Courses
  •     HRTS GU4215 NGOs & the Human Rights Movement
  •     HRTS GU4230 Refugees, Forced Migration, and Displacement
  •     HRTS GU4650 Children's Rights 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 GR6170 SEM Law, History and Anthropology Messick, Brinkley 3.0
ANTH GR6406 SEM The Modern State and the Colonial Subject Mamdani, Mahmood 3.0
ANTH GU4118 LEC Settler Colonialism in North America Simpson, Audra 3.0
ARCH A4780 SEM Architecture and Human Rights Scott, Felicity 3.0
ECON GU4480 LEC Gender and Applied Economics Edlund, Lena 3.0
EDPA TC4086 LEC Law and Edu: Issues of Authority, Religion, Free Speech & Safety Parker, D. 3.0
EPID P8489 LEC Epidemiology of the Mental Health Impact of Trauma, Violence and Loss in the Global South Cournos, Francine; Neugebauer, Richard 3.0
HROH UN5555 SEM Human Rights & Oral History: Testimony, Memory, and Trauma Westhof, Zoe 4.0
HRTS GR5404 SEM Human Rights of Women Dauer, Sheila 3.0
HRTS GR6020 SEM Introduction to Human Rights Ikawa, D. 3.0
HRTS GR6020 SEM Introduction to Human Rights Rosenthal, Mila 3.0
HRTS GR6800 SEM International Human Rights Law Winkler, Inga 3.0
HRTS GR6800 SEM International Human Rights Law Kamuf Ward, JoAnn 3.0
HRTS GR6990 SEM Human Rights Research Seminar Nettelfield, Lara 3.0
HRTS GU4215 SEM NGOs and the Human Rights Movement: Strategies, Successes and Challenges Bickford, Louis 3.0
HRTS GU4230 SEM Refugees, Forced Migration, and Displacement Nettelfield, Lara 3.0
HRTS GU4400 SEM Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Human Rights Paisley Currah 3.0
HRTS GU4500 SEM Socio-Economic Rights Winkler, Inga 3.0
HRTS GU4650 SEM Children's Rights Advocacy Becker & Bochenek 3.0
HRTS GU4950 SEM Human Rights and Human Wrongs Cronin, Bruce 3.0
HRTS GR9040 - Internship Nettelfield, Lara 1.0
HRTS GU4915 SEM Human Rights and Urban Public Space Chasin, Noah 3.0
INAF U6041 SEM Corporations and Human Rights Bauer, Joanne 3.0
INAF U6143 LEC Gender, Globalization, and Human Rights Ergas, Yasmine 3.0
INAF U6375 LEC Gender and Livelihoods: From Displacement to Early Recovery Buscher, Dale 3.0
INAF U6405 LEC Human Rights and Development Policy Braun & Gearhart 3.0
INAF U6490 SEM International Humanitarian Law Fischer, Horst 1.0
INAF U6173 SEM Migration and Human Development Naujoks, Daniel 3.0
INAF U6489 SEM Human Rights Research and Reporting - 3.0
INAF U6765 SEM The European Union, the United States and International Human Rights Wouters, Jan 1.5
ITSF TC4613 LEC International Perspectives on Peace and Human Rights Education Tibbitts, Felisa 3.0
ITSF TC5008 LEC Gender, Education, and International Development Cortina, Regina 3.0
ITSF TC5029 LEC Education, Conflict, Peacebuilding Russell, S 3.0
LAW L6214 LEC Civil Rights Crenshaw, Kimberle 3.0
LAW L6229 SEM Ideas of the First Amendment Blasi, Vincent 4.0
LAW L6276 LEC Human Rights Cleveland, Sarah 3.0
LAW L6502 LEC Advanced Criminal Law: Death Penalty Fagan, Jeffrey 3.0
LAW L8067 SEM The Defense Of Freedom Of Expression Around The World: The Role Of The Advocate Multiple 2.0
LAW L8079 LEC Jurisprudence of War Multiple 3.0
LAW L8190 SEM Intersectionalities Workshop Crenshaw, K. 2.0
LAW L8286 SEM Seminar Victims' Rights Fletcher, George P 2.0
LAW L8869 SEM The Legal History of American Slavery Glass, Maeve 2.0
LAW L8887 SEM September 11, The Trump Administration and the Rights of Non-Citizens Gelernt, Lee 2.0
LAW L8942 SEM International Criminal Courts: Progress, Problems and Prospects Dicker, Richard 2.0
LAW L8990 SEM Current Issues in Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Shapiro, Steven 2.0
LAW L9164 SEM Labor Rights in a Global Economy Barenberg, Mark 3.0
LAW L9165 SEM Transitional Justice Simpson, Graeme 2.0
LAW L9328 SEM Political Theory and the First Amendment Vincent BlasiDonald VerrilliTimothy Wu 3.0
LAW L9377 SEM Enforcing International Law Damrosch, Lori 2.0
LAW L9563 SEM Mental Health Law Levy, Robert 2.0
MDES GU4349 LEC Concentration Camps from Cuba to East Asia Mouradian, Khatchig 3.0
POLS GR6101 LEC Issues in Political Theory Cohen, Jean 4.0
POPF P8607 LEC Health and Human Rights Advocacy Csete, Joanne 1.5
POPF P8615 LEC Current Issues in Sexual Health Flynn, Andrea 3.0
POPF P8676 LEC Epidemiological Methods for Measuring Human Rights Abuses Roberts, Leslie 1.5
REGN U6545 SEM Human Rights in West Balkans Domi, Tanya 1.5
SOSC P8750 LEC Race and Health Fullilove, Robert E. 3.0
WMST GU4000 SEM Genealogies of Feminism - the Subject of Rights Abu-Lughod, Lila 4.0