This course explores how the rise of social media has both advanced and hindered the protection of human rights by examining how social media provides a platform for instantaneous global information-sharing, rendering it increasingly difficult for state or business interests to shield human rights abuses from public scrutiny. Topics will be examined through a number of case studies.

Prerequisites: HMRT 1003 - Introduction to Human Rights.

This course will introduce students to the study of human rights by investigating the question What is a human right? The course will proceed primarily through a number of examples and case studies. Students will also be given an overview of the basic instruments, institutions, and ideas relevant to human rights.

Course Description

This course introduces students to the study of human rights by investigating the question what is a human right? The course proceeds primarily through a number of examples and case studies. Students will also be given an overview of the basic instruments, institutions, and ideas relevant to human rights.