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 Summer 2021 Graduate Courses 
  • HRTS S4910 NGOs & The Human Rights Movement 
  • HRTS GU4750 Facing the Violent Past: Prevention and Repair 
  • HRTS S4020 Introduction to Human Rights 
  • HRTS S4185 Human Rights and Global Economic Justice 
  • HRTS S4220 International Human Rights Law 
  • HRTS S4250 US Immigration Rights, Framing & Advocacy 
  • ISHR Fall 2021 Graduate Courses
  • HRTS GU4215 NGOs and The Human Rights Movement
  • HRTS GU4230 Refugees, Forced Migration and Displacement
  • HRTS GU4400 Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Human Rights
  • HRTS GU4650 Children's Rights Advocacy
  • HRTS GU4915 Human Rights and Urban Public Space
  • HRTS GU4950 Human Rights and Human Wrongs
  • HRTS GU4965 Gender-Based Violence and Human Rights
  • HRTS GR5555 Human Rights and Oral History
  • HRTS GR6020 Introduction to Human 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. 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
POPF P8607 LEC Health and Human Rights Advocacy Ahmed, Abdul 1.5
INAF U8166 SEM Rethinking Human Rights and Humanitarianism Barkan, Elazar 3.0
INAF U8189 SEM Politics of History and Reconciliation Barkan, Elazar 3.0
INAF U6041 SEM Corporations and Human Rights Bauer, Joanne 3.0
HRTS GU4650 SEM Children's Rights Advocacy Becker & Bochenek 3.0
LAW L6333 LEC Refugee Law and Policy Benhabib, Seyla 2.0
HRTS GU4215 SEM NGOs and the Human Rights Movement: Strategies, Successes and Challenges Bickford, Louis 3.0
INAF U6375 LEC Gender and Livelihoods: From Displacement to Early Recovery Buscher, Dale 3.0
HRTS GU4915 SEM Human Rights and Urban Public Space Chasin, Noah 3.0
LAW L6276 LEC Human Rights Cleveland, Sarah 3.0
HRTS GR6800 SEM International Human Rights Law Cooper, Belinda 3.0
HRTS GU4950 SEM Human Rights and Human Wrongs Cronin, Bruce 3.0
HRTS GU4400 SEM Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Human Rights Currah, Paisley 3.0
LAW L9377 SEM Enforcing International Law Damrosch, Lori 2.0
LAW L8942 SEM International Criminal Courts: Progress, Problems and Prospects Dicker, Richard 2.0
REGN U6545 SEM Human Rights in West Balkans Domi, Tanya 1.5
ECON GU4480 LEC Gender and Applied Economics Edlund, Lena 3.0
INAF U6143 LEC Gender, Globalization, and Human Rights Ergas, Yasmine 3.0
LAW L8079 LEC Jurisprudence of War Fletcher & Paradis 3.0
POPF P8615 LEC Current Issues in Sexual Health Flynn, Andrea 3.0
SOSC P8750 LEC Race and Health Fullilove, Robert E. 3.0
LAW L8887 SEM September 11, The Trump Administration and the Rights of Non-Citizens Gelernt, Lee 2.0
WMST GU4000 SEM Genealogies of Feminism: Vision and Difference Hirsch, Marianne 4.0
PHIL G9750 SEM Topics in Political Philosophy Honneth, Axel 3.0
HRTS GR6020 SEM Introduction to Human Rights Ikawa, Daniela 3.0
POLS GR6101 LEC Issues in Political Theory Isiksel, Turkuler 4.0
RELI W4825 SEM Religion, Gender and Violence Jakobsen, Janet 4.0
HIST W4518 SEM Columbia University and Slavery Jones, Thai S. 4.0
HIST W4641 SEM Holocaust Genocide: American Culture Kobrin, Rebecca 4.0
INAF U6489 SEM Human Rights Research and Reporting Levine, Lain 3.0
MDES GU4357 LEC War, Genocide, and Their Aftermath: Comp. Perspectives Mouradian, Khatchig 4.0
INAF U6173 SEM Migration and Human Development Naujoks, Daniel 3.0
HRTS GR6990 SEM Human Rights Research Seminar Nettelfield, Lara 3.0
HRTS GU4230 SEM Refugees, Forced Migration, and Displacement Nettelfield, Lara 3.0
POPF P8639 LEC Gender Based Violence in Complex Emergencies Potts, Alina 1.5
HRTS GU4965 SEM Gender-Based Violence and Human Rights Rajan, Julie 3.0
POPF P8676 LEC Epidemiological Methods for Measuring Human Rights Abuses Roberts, Leslie 1.5
HRTS GR6020 SEM Introduction to Human Rights Rosenthal, Mila 3.0
ITSF S4160 LEC Human Rights in Africa S Russell 3.0
LAW L8990 SEM Current Issues in Civil Liberties and Civil Rights Shapiro, Steven 2.0
ANTH GU4118 LEC Settler Colonialism in North America Simpson, Audra 3.0
LAW L9165 SEM Transitional Justice Simpson, Graeme 2.0
LAW L9219 SEM Critical Race Theory Thomas, Kendall 2.0
LAW L9823 SEM Human Rights and the Question of Culture Thomas, Kendall 3.0
ITSF TC4613 LEC International Perspectives on Peace and Human Rights Education Tibbitts, Felisa 3.0
HROH UN5555 SEM Human Rights & Oral History: Testimony, Memory, and Trauma Westhof, Zoe 4.0