Schedule of Classes Course Description

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Course Prefix: SOC                                     Course Number: 251                                    
Course Title: Sociology of Human Rights
Subject: Sociology
Minimum Credits: 3.0                                     Maximum Credits: 3.0                                     Hours per week: 3.0


This course is an introduction to the sociology of human rights. It will enable students to understand major sociological debates surrounding the topic, mainly how human rights became part of social expectation, how they vary in socio-cultural space, and how they are distributed across different categories of people. It will enable them to think critically about human rights issues in a global world. The focus will be on the role of non-state actors, including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, multi-national companies and the media, in both promoting and violating human rights.

Prerequisite: ENG 101 or 201
Start Date:    04/30/2011                         End Date: