Why Study Human Rights?
Please note that SIT will make every effort to maintain its programs as described. To respond to emergent situations, like COVID-19, however, SIT may have to change or cancel programs.
Go beyond the halls of power to learn how individuals and communities are giving momentum to grassroots, human rights movements across four different countries. Connect with groups working for immigrant and gender rights and against structural racism in New York City, and see journalism’s place in these struggles on a studio tour of the news program Democracy Now! (fall). Critically examine the deep roots of human rights movements throughout the U.S. South (spring). Travel to Nepal, Chile, and Jordan, where you’ll meet with a wide range of scholars, members of Parliament, feminist leaders, international non-governmental organizations, United Nations officials, indigenous communities, and refugees. Gain a deeper insight into multilayered perspectives on human rights issues, often against the backdrop of governments in tectonic shift, and understand pathways to enacting human rights-based change. Along the way, you’ll explore how to live, act, teach, and learn in ways that affirm human dignity, uproot oppression, and advance collective struggles for rights and justice everywhere.
- Study labor, migration, and gender issues in the stunning rural south of Nepal.
- Speak with refugees in Jordan and camp in the desert sands of Wadi Rum.
- Learn about cultural resistance and land rights from Mapuche indigenous communities in Chile.
- Meet some of New York’s most prominent leaders in the field of human rights. (For Fall)
Coursework in social sciences such as anthropology, history, economics, sociology, and/or political science. Humanities coursework (philosophy, religion, and/or ethics) is also recommended.