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 2022 Graduate Courses
  • HRTS GU4270 Social Media and Human Rights
  • HRTS GU4380 Advocating and Campaigning for Social and Economic Rights
  • HRTS GU4600 Human Rights in the Anthropocene
  • HRTS GU4810 Religion and Human Rights
  • HRTS GU4930 International Humanitarian Law and 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 P8686 SEM The Protection of Human Rights in the Contemporary World Zard, Monette 1.5
INAF U6765 SEM The European Union and Human Rights Wouters, Jan 1.5
INAF U6382 SEM Technology, National Security and the Citizen Wichowski, Alexis 3.0
POPF P8683 LEC Psychosocial and Mental Health Issues in Forced Migration Wessells, Michael 1.5
LAW L6333 LEC Refugee Law and Policy TBA 3.0
LAW L6357 LEC Public Health Law TBA 3.0
LAW L6473 LEC Labor Law TBA 4.0
INAF U6123 SEM Storytelling for Social Change: Skills and Narratives TBA 3.0
CSER GU4484 SEM Cultural Rights as Human Rights Stamatopoulou, Elsa 4.0
INAF U6144 SEM Media Campaigning and Social Change Shiffrin, Anya & Worden, Mary 3.0
LAW GR8829 COL International Human Rights Advocacy Shamsi, Hina 2.0
ANTH GR6157 SEM Idea of a Black Radical Tradition Scott, David 3.0
LAW L8816 SEM Advanced Negotiation Workshop Ross, David 2.0
HRTS GU4380 SEM Advocating and Campaigning for Social and Economic Rights Rosenthal, Mila 3.0
LAW L9383 SEM International Humanitarian Law Rona, Gabor 2.0
INAF U6376 SEM Transnational LGBTI Rights Reid, Graeme 3.0
INAF U6149 SEM Energy, Corporate Responsibility and Human Rights Radon, Jenik 3.0
REGN U6149 SEM Energy, Corporate Responsibility, and Human Rights Radon, Jenik 3.0
REGN U6410 SEM Social Movements and Citizenship in Africa Prais, Jinny 3.0
INAF U8351 SEM Race, Gender, and Political Change Powell, Jeri E. 1.5
HRTS GU4270 SEM Social Media and Human Rights Perlmutter, Ted 3.0
HRTS GR6990 SEM Human Rights Research Seminar Nettelfield, Lara 3.0
HRTS GR9040 - Internship Nettelfield, Lara 1.0
IAIA U6355 SEM Refugees & Global Public Policy: Displacement Naujoks, Daniel 3.0
INAF U6352 LEC United Nations and Globalization Naujoks, Daniel 3.0
INAF U6381 SEM Gender, Conflict, and Peacebuilding Naraghi-Anderlini, Sanam 1.5
INAF U6202 SEM Internet Governance and Human Rights Micek, Peter 3.0
INAF U8785 SEM Gender, Politics, and Development: Theory, Policy & Practice McGill, Eugenia & Weisgrau, Maxine 3.0
INAF U6960 SEM Gender-Based Violence against Women Martinez Restrepo, Susana 1.5
POPF P8665 LEC Global Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Lynn, Collins 3.0
HIST GR8924 COL Resistance and the Black Atlantic Lightfoot, Natasha 4.0
LAW L8006 SEM Domestic Violence and the Law Leidholdt, Dorchin 2.0
POLS GR8151 COL Normative Theories of Justice Johnston, David 4.0
LAW L9410 SEM Law and Policy of Homelessness Hopper, Kim 2.0
HRTS GR6990 SEM Human Rights Research Seminar Holland, Tracey 3.0
CPLS GR8833 SEM Law and Violence: Critical Perspectives Gundogdu, Ayten 4.0
PUAF U8353 SEM Race Policy & American Politics Greer, Christina 3.0
ANTH G6057 SEM Governmentality, Citizenship and Indigenous Political Critique Green, Elizabeth M 3.0
SOSC P8709 SEM Sexuality, Gender, Health and Human Rights Goldberg-Hall, Emily 3.0
LAW L6506 LEC Gender Justice Franke, Katherine 2.0
POPF P8682 SEM Abortion in the United States: Politics, Policy and Provision Flynn, Andrea 1.5
LAW L8816 SEM Transnational Business and Human Rights Ewing, Anthony P 2.0
CLEN GR6300 SEM Literature and Politics: Black Radicalism and the Archive Edwards, Brent H. 4.0
INAF U8176 SEM MIMC 3.0: Migrants, Refugees and International Law: Revising the "Model International Mobility Convention" Doyle, Michael 3.0
CPLS GU4325 SEM Abolition Medicine: Medical Racism Dasgupta, Sayantani T 3.0
NMED PS5220 SEM Narrative, Health, and Social Justice Dasgupta, Sayantani 3.0
LAW L8941 SEM International Criminal Law Damrosch, Lori 2.0
POPF P8636 SEM Policy on Illicit Drugs: Public Health and Human Rights Perspectives Csete, Joanne 1.5
HRTS GU4930 SEM Int'l Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Cronin, Bruce 4.0
HRTS GR6800 SEM International Human Rights Law Cooper, Belinda 3.0
HRTS GU4810 SEM Religion and Human Rights Chuman, Joseph 3.0
HRTS GU4600 SEM Human Rights in the Anthropocene Chasin, Noah 3.0
POPF P8635 SEM Realizing Global LGBTI Health and Human Rights: Activism, Advocacy, and Humanitarian Action Canavera, Mark 1.5
LAW L9183 SEM Nuremberg Trials and War Crimes Law Bush, Jonathan 2.0
INAF U6405 LEC Human Rights and the Politics of Inequality Braun, Rainer & Gearhart, Judith A 3.0
LAW L6229 SEM Ideas of the First Amendment Blasi, Vincent A. & Abrams, Floyd 4.0
INAF U8180 SEM Human Rights Skills & Advocacy Becker, Jo 3.0
INAF U6499 PRC Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy Practicum Barkan, Elazar 1.5
LAW L6327 LEC Employment Law Barenberg, Mark 3.0
LAW L9164 SEM Labor Rights in a Global Economy Barenberg, Mark 2.0
WMST GR6001 SEM Theoretical Paradigm: Feminist Practice: Reframing Gender Violence Abu-Lughod, Lila 4.0