Subject: History
Credit units: 3
Offered: Either Term 1 or Term 2
Weekly hours: 3 Lecture hours
College: Arts and Science
Department: History


Using a field trip to Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) in Winnipeg as their point of departure, students in this experiential learning course examine human rights as a product of history, the result of the changing moral frameworks that shape how people define and grapple with injustice in the world. Where did the concept of human rights come from? Why have demands for justice in the modern world so often been articulated as matters of human rights? How has the meaning of human rights changed over time? Finally, how does the CMHR present the history of human rights (or their violation), and in what ways do the museum’s choices influence the public’s understanding of that history? By engaging our senses as well as our critical faculties, the encounter with the museum will heighten our interest in the subject and facilitate transformative learning.

Prerequisite(s): 30 credit units of university-level courses or 3 cu of HIST at the 100-level
Note: The requirements of this course include a 3-day trip to Winnipeg. The cost of this travel, less any funding the instructor is able to arrange, is in addition to the tuition fees for the course. Students with credit for HIST 298.3: Human Rights in History may not take this course for credit. Students with credit for HIST 298.3 (Human Rights in History) may not take this class for credit.

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