Graduate Course List

This page provides an overview of our course offerings, to help students as they make decisions and plans for the academic year ahead. Please note that this schedule will be updated periodically and may be subject to change. Students are encouraged not only to revisit this page but also to confirm the course listings in the online Directory of Courses and Vergil, where course descriptions and class meeting times will be posted.
  • ISHR Spring 2024 Graduate Courses
  • HRTS GU4195 Topics in History, Memory, and Transitional Justice
  • HRTS GU4210 Equality, Identity, and Rights
  • HRTS GU4270 Social Media and Human Rights
  • HRTS GU4380 Advocacy for Socio-Economic Rights
  • HRTS GU4460 Climate Justice
  • HRTS GU4880 Human Rights in the United States
  • HRTS GU4915 Human Rights & Urban Public Space
  • HRTS GU4930 International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
  • HRTS GU4940 Human Rights and Education
  • HRTS GU4975 Borders, Surveillance, Rights
  • HRTS GR6800 International Human Rights Law 
  • HRTS GR6990 Human Rights 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.

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
INAF U6462 SEM Collaborative Social Justice and Health Policy Goldberg, Rose 1.0
HRTS GU4210 SEM Equality, Identity and Rights Ikawa, Daniela 3.0
POPF P8683 LEC Psychosocial and Mental Health Issues in Forced Migration Greene, Martha 1.5
LAW L8816 SEM Transnational Business and Human Rights Ewing, Anthony P 2.0
SUMA PS5040 LEC ESG-Aligned Corporate Governance Thurston, Jessica 3.0
HRTS GU4195 SEM Topics in History, Memory, and Transitional Justice Adler, Nanci 3.0
CSER GU4325 SEM Abolition Medicine: Medical Racism Dasgupta, Sayantani T. 3.0
INAF U8359 SEM Debate over US Racial Reparations Mann, Linda 3.0
POPF P8609 SEM Human Rights Issues in Infectious Disease Emergencies Abdool Karim, Safura 1.5
INAF U8785 SEM Gender, Politics, and Development: Theory, Policy & Practice McGill, Eugenia 3.0
HRTS GU4940 SEM Human Rights and Education Mitoma, Glenn 3.0
CPLS GR8833 SEM Law and Violence: Critical Perspectives Gundogdu, Ayten 4.0
NMED PS5220 SEM Narrative, Health, and Social Justice DasGupta, Sayantani 3.0
WMST GR6001 SEM Theoretical Paradigm: Feminist Practice: Reframing Gender Violence, Globally Abu-Lughod, Lila 4.0
HIST GR8924 COL Resistance and the Black Atlantic Lightfoot, Natasha 4.0
LAW L6473 LEC Labor Law Barenberg, Mark 4.0
POPF P8607 LEC Health and Human Rights Advocacy Ahmed, Kayum 1.5
LAW L8941 SEM International Criminal Law Damrosch, Lori 2.0
HRTS W4915 SEM Human Rights and Urban Public Space Chasin, Noah 3.0
POPF P8635 SEM Realizing Global LGBTI Health and Human Rights: Activism, Advocacy, and Humanitarian Action Canavera, Mark 1.5
INAF U6375 LEC Gender and Livelihoods: From Displacement to Early Recovery Buscher, Dale 1.5
POPF P8665 LEC Global Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Collins, Lynn 3.0
POPF P8686 SEM Human Rights Law, Accountability & Governance Zard, Monette 1.5
SUMA K5888 LEC Geographies of Environmental Justice and Sustainability Williams, John 3.0
INAF U6123 SEM Storytelling for Social Change: Skills and Narratives Chisholm, Nicole Jamiyla 3.0
SOSC P8747 LEC The Ethics of Public Health McMahon, Caitlin 3.0
LAW L9164 SEM Labor Rights in a Global Economy Barenberg, Mark 3.0
LAW L9183 SEM Nuremberg Trials and War Crimes Law Bush, Jonathan 2.0
HRTS GU4460 SEM Climate Justice Dugard, Jackie 3.0
HRTS GU4880 SEM Human Rights in the United States Chia, Joy 3.0
INAF U6499 PRC Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy Practicum Barkan, Elazar 1.5
HRTS GR6990 SEM Human Rights Research Seminar Wyman-McCarthy, Tim 3.0
HRTS GR6990 SEM Human Rights Research Seminar Wyman-McCarthy, Tim 3.0
REGN U6149 SEM Energy, Corporate Responsibility, and Human Rights Radon, Jenik 3.0
LAW L6502 LEC Advanced Criminal Law: Death Penalty Fagan, Jeffrey 3.0
LAW L6407 LEC Advanced Constitutional Law: Civil Liberties - 1st Amendment Kessler, J 3.0
POPF P8682 SEM Abortion in the United States: Politics, Policy and Provision Flynn, Andrea 1.5
HRTS GU4270 SEM Social Media and Human Rights Perlmutter, Ted 3.0
POPF P8620 Protecting Children in Humanitarian Settings Hermosilla, S. 1.5
ITSF TC4603 LEC Human/Social Dimensions of Peace Romero Amaya, M 3.0
REGN U6410 SEM Social Movements and Citizenship in Africa Prais, Jinny 3.0
INAF U6143 SEM Gender, Globalization, and Human Rights Ergas, Yasmine 3.0
HRTS GR6800 SEM International Human Rights Law Dugard, Jackie 3.0
HRTS GR6800 SEM International Human Rights Law Cooper, Belinda 3.0
INAF U6405 LEC Human Rights and the Politics of Inequality Braun, Rainer 3.0
EMPA U6452 SEM Social Justice Movements in the Age of Social Media Greenberg, Richard 3.0
LAW L9032 SEM Breakthrough in Abolition Through Transformative Learning Exchange Sturm, Susan and Rodriguez, Alejo 2.0
INAF U8180 SEM Human Rights Skills & Advocacy Becker, Jo 3.0
PHIL G9750 SEM Topics in Political Philosophy Moody-Adams, Michele 3.0
HRTS Gu4380 SEM Advocacy for Socio-Economic Rights Rosenthal, Mila 3.0
INAF U6144 SEM Campaigining for Change through Media, Mobilization & the Power of Persuasion Worden, Mary 3.0
PUAF U8351 SEM Race, Gender and Political Change Powell, Jeri 1.5
LAW L6506 LEC Gender Justice Franke, Katherine 2.0
HRTS GU4975 SEM Borders, Surveillance, Rights Molavi, Shourideh 3.0
LAW L6327 LEC Employment Law Andrias, Jeffrey 4.0
EDPA TC4086 LEC Education & the Law: Speech, Religion, Regulation Parker, D 3.0
LAW GR8829 SEM International Human Rights Advocacy Shamsi, Hina 2.0
ITSF TC5008 LEC Gender, Education, and International Development Cortina, R 3.0
LAW L8006 SEM Domestic Violence and the Law Leidholdt, Dorchin 2.0
SOSC P8709 SEM Sexuality, Gender, Health and Human Rights Bishop, Emily 3.0
HRTS GU4930 SEM Int'l Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Cronin, Bruce 4.0
LAW L9383 SEM International Humanitarian Law Rona, Gabor 2.0
CLEN W4550 LEC Narrative and Human Rights Slaughter, Joseph R. 3.0
LAW L9823 SEM Human Rights and the Question of Culture Thomas, Kendall 3.0
INAF U6202 SEM Internet Governance and Human Rights Micek, Peter 3.0
LAW L6333 LEC Refugee Law and Policy Gupta, Anjum 3.0