Fall 2024


Listed in: , as EDST-374  |  Law, Jurisprudence, and Social Thought, as LJST-274  |  Political Science, as POSC-374


Kristin Bumiller (Section 01)


(Offered as POSC 374, LJST 274, and EDST 374) This seminar explores the role of rights in addressing inequality, discrimination, and violence. This course will trace the evolution of rights focused legal strategies aimed at addressing injustice coupled with race, gender, disability, and citizenship status. We will evaluate how rights-based activism often creates a gap between expectation and realization. This evaluation will consider when and how rights are most efficacious in producing social change and the possibility of unintended consequences.

This course fulfills a requirement for the Five College Reproductive Health, Rights and Justice (RHRJ) certificate. This course does not fulfill the LJST Research Seminar requirement.

Requisite: Requisite: At least one POSC course (200 level or above). Limited to 15 students. Fall semester. Professor Bumiller.

How to handle overenrollment: Priority given to political science majors

Students who enroll in this course will likely encounter and be expected to engage in the following intellectual skills, modes of learning, and assessment: Independent research project, group work, readings, written work, oral presentations.

Course Materials


2023-24: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2014, Spring 2023, Fall 2024