INTLSTD 401 - International Studies Advanced Seminar
Winter 2023, Section 014 - Human Rights in the Age of New Social Media
Instruction Mode: Section 014 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: International Studies (INTLSTD)
Department: LSA II: International and Comparative Studies
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Details

Credits:
3
Waitlist Capacity:
99
Enforced Prerequisites:
Junior standing or above.
Repeatability:
May be elected four times for credit. May be elected more than once in the same term.
Primary Instructor:
Start/End Date:
Full Term 1/4/23 - 4/18/23 (see other Sections below)
NOTE: Drop/Add deadlines are dependent on the class meeting dates and will differ for full term versus partial term offerings.
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Description

It is argued that since the 1980s, our world has been plagued by the ruins of failed utopias. That since the fall of communism, post-colonial nationalism, and global development, we inhabit a political realm with no vision for a utopian future. From this ruin, human rights surfaced to become the defining utopia of our political present. This course will draw on an interdisciplinary range of readings to explore the following questions: What is the history of human rights? When did it start being perceived as the universal utopia in which political demands are made and social futures imagined? And how does the rise of new social media alter the challenges and objectives of human rights?

This course is an introduction to human rights examined critically through the rising challenge of digital social media platforms. Starting with the rise of human rights in the aftermath of World War II, we will explore 1) the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 2) the moral foundation that defines the utopian project of human rights (concepts like: dignity, freedom, justice), 3) the main critiques of human rights across the world and especially the global south (moral imperialism, politics of the lesser-evil, the NGO industry, humanitarianism and the fetishization of suffering; political and civil rights versus social and economic rights, etc.), and 4) the new challenges that new social media bring to the project of human rights (privacy and surveillance, content moderation and the creation of national publics, Internet rights, misinformation, “filter bubbles,” Artificial Intelligence, etc.). Within the context of debates about the empowering role of new social media in democratization efforts on one hand, and ambivalence about their effects on social relationships on the other, the second half of this course will explore how new social media platforms are ushering in a new era for human rights.

Schedule

INTLSTD 401 - International Studies Advanced Seminar
Schedule Listing
001 (SEM)
 In Person
17760
Open
13
13LSA INT'L STUDIES MAJ & MIN
-
MW 10:00AM - 11:30AM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
002 (SEM)
 In Person
19374
Open
7
8LSA INT'L STUDIES MAJ & MIN
-
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
004 (SEM)
 In Person
24171
Open
2
2LSA INT'L STUDIES MAJ & MIN
-
TuTh 1:00PM - 2:30PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
005 (SEM)
 In Person
33734
Open
6
7LSA INT'L STUDIES MAJ & MIN
-
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
006 (SEM)
 In Person
33735
Open
16
18LSA INT'L STUDIES MAJ & MIN
-
MW 2:30PM - 4:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
007 (SEM)
 In Person
30382
Closed
0
1LSA INT'L STUDIES MAJ & MIN
22
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
008 (SEM)
 In Person
35671
Open
17
2LSA INT'L STUDIES MAJ & MIN
-
Th 2:00PM - 5:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
009 (SEM)
 In Person
35672
Closed
0
1LSA INT'L STUDIES MAJ & MIN
1
Tu 11:00AM - 2:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
010 (SEM)
 In Person
23248
Closed
0
 
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TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
011 (SEM)
 In Person
34777
Closed
0
1LSA INT'L STUDIES MAJ & MIN
-
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
012 (SEM)
 In Person
34779
Closed
0
1LSA INT'L STUDIES MAJ & MIN
1
MW 4:00PM - 5:30PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
013 (SEM)
 In Person
34789
Open
13
2LSA INT'L STUDIES MAJ & MIN
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TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
014 (SEM)
 In Person
35051
Open
14
14LSA INT'L STUDIES MAJ & MIN
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TuTh 2:30PM - 4:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
015 (SEM)
 In Person
33768
Open
20
7LSA INT'L STUDIES MAJ & MIN
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TuTh 4:00PM - 5:30PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
016 (SEM)
 In Person
35333
Closed
0
 
-
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
017 (SEM)
 In Person
35674
Open
12
5LSA INT'L STUDIES MAJ & MIN
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W 2:00PM - 5:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
018 (SEM)
 In Person
35716
Open
9
 
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M 1:00PM - 3:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
019 (DIS)
 In Person
35717
Open
5
5LSA INT'L STUDIES MAJ & MIN
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W 1:00PM - 2:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23
020 (DIS)
 In Person
35718
Open
4
4LSA INT'L STUDIES MAJ & MIN
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W 2:00PM - 3:00PM
1/4/23 - 4/18/23

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