This course addresses the origins and influence of the idea of human rights on the public policy process. Students will explore theories of natural law and the higher law background of the Constitution as both precedents and limits to the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and body of human rights law, policy, treaties, and cases that has emerged subsequent to it. The course will review and assess ways in which ideals and institutions related to international human rights law pose challenges to the sovereignty and autonomy of national institutions.
Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes
Course Requirements Checklist
After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.
Peer-Review Discussions (2)
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. The thread will be the student’s previously submitted Article Review Assignment. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads and 1 reply to the student’s own thread. Each reply must be 500 words. (CLO: A-F)
Article Review Assignment (2)
The student will write a 1500-2000-word review of a recent scholarly article in current APA format. The article review will describe the topic; state the underlying worldview assumptions, identify the conclusions drawn in the article; and critique and assess the article’s analysis, conclusions, and/or recommendations from the perspective of the Christian worldview. The paper must include at least 6 references in addition to the course textbooks and the Bible. (CLO: A-F)
Each quiz will cover the Learn material for the assigned modules: weeks. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 17 multiple-choice and short essay questions, and have a 90-minute time limit.