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France and The Netherlands: The Idea of Human Rights

The idea of universal human rights is a relatively recent concept, arguably the product of the European Enlightenment. While most people find nothing troubling with the idea, there have been a number of skeptics. This course will trace the struggle for human rights from the Eighteenth Century, particularly the period preceding the French Revolution, to the present. Students will gain an understanding of how this term has changed over the centuries. Students will visit the historical sights of the French Revolution, as well as the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum and other points of interest in Paris, France. Additionally, students will attend the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands and conclude the study abroad with a tour of the Anne Frank House and the Torture Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands.

 *0.5 General Elective Credit

Projected Dates: May 10 – 20, 2018 | Course Director: Glenn Barenthin, Instructor, Justice Studies