Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy (HRHP)

Human Rights & Humanitarian Policy Curriculum

The Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy concentration prepares students for careers addressing human rights issues in both the public and the private sector. It includes two focus areas while maintaining a common core curriculum. The Human Rights Policy focus area prepares students for careers that require knowledge of areas such as corporate social responsibility, genocide prevention, gender and globalization, or rights-based development policy. The Humanitarian Policy focus area leads to careers that might focus on the management of complex emergencies, early recovery, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, aid coordination, or resource mobilization.

Many students bring substantial experience to the program, enriching the classroom dynamics. Previous graduates have pursued a wide variety of careers and now work in various government agencies, the United Nations and other international organizations, NGOs, corporations, community organizations, think tanks, and service organizations

The concentration is designed to allow flexibility for students’ specialty within Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy, offering courses in development, corporate social responsibility, climate change, gender rights, refugee rights, and so forth. Students may also choose to focus more generally on the fields of Human Rights or Humanitarian Policy.

HRHP Audit Form 2017-18.pdf

Elazar Barkan, Professor of International and Public Affairs; Director of the Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy Concentration

Dirk Salomons, Special Lecturer in International and Public Affairs (part-time); Humanitarian Policy Focus Area Director (fall semester)

Susannah Friedman, Lecturer in International and Public Affairs (part-time); Humanitarian Policy Focus Area Director (spring semester)


Jessica Alexander, Lecturer in International and Public Affairs (part-time)

Allison Anderson, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Betsy Apple, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Joanne Bauer, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Jo Becker, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Rainer Braun, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Judith Cheng-HopkinsAdjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Dennis Dijkzeul, Adjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs

Michael Doyle, University Professor

Yasmine Ergas, Lecturer in the Discipline of International and Public Affairs

Horst Fischer, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Judith Gearhart, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Brian Grogan, Adjunct Associate Professor of International and Public Affairs

Jenik Radon, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

Dirk SalomonsSpecial Lecturer in the Discipline of International and Public Affairs (part-time)

Roy WilliamsAdjunct Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs

Jan Wouters, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs

The Human Rights & Humanitarian Policy (HRHP) Program requires a minimum of 15 points of graduate coursework, consisting of five three-point courses, plus a recommended additional three points for the workshop.

Core Course

Points
INAF U6751International Human Rights Law3

Concentration Focus Area

Students must take two or more courses from either Category A: Human Rights Policy or Category B: Humanitarian Policy

Category A: Human Rights Policy Focus Area (6 Points)

Select at least two courses from the following:

Points
INAF U6041Corporations and Human Rights3
INAF U6143Gender, Globalization and Human Rights3
INAF U8180Human Rights Skills and Advocacy3
INAF U8166Rethinking Human Rights and Humanitarianism3
INAF U8189The Politics of History and Reconciliation3

Category B: Humanitarian Policy Focus Area (6 Points)

Select at least two courses from the following:

Points
INAF U6190Complex Emergencies: Root Causes to Rebuilding3
INAF U8166Rethinking Human Rights and Humanitarianism3
INAF U8690Managing Humanitarian Emergencies3
INAF U6173Migration and Human Development3

Electives

Select at least 1-2 of the following for 6 points1:

Points
SIPA - Human Rights:
INAF U4420Oil, Rights and Development1
INAF U4759Human Rights Practicum1
INAF U6144Media Campaigning and Social Change3
INAF U6405Human Rights & Development Policy3
INAF U6765The European Union, the United States and International Human Rights1.5
INAF U8189The Politics of History and Reconciliation3
INAF U8785Gender, Politics, and Development3
INAF U8886Conflict Assessment1
INAF U8892Business and Human Rights Clinic I3
INAF U8893Business and Human Rights Clinic II3
SIPA - Humanitarian Policy:
INAF U4090Accountability in Humanitarian Assistance1
INAF U6141Humanitarian Response Simulation1
INAF U6174Forced Migration: Concepts and Policy3
INAF U6381Gender & Armed Conflict: Contemporary Theory and Practice for Advocates3
INAF U6490International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law1.5
INAF U6495Politics & Practice of Humanitarian Assistance in the New Millennium1.5
INAF U6497Humanitarian Crisis in the Eastern DRC1
INAF U8559Building Peace After Conflict1.5
INAF U8690Managing Humanitarian Emergencies3
INAF U8882Practicum on Education in Emergencies1.5
Institute for the Study of Human Rights: 2
HRTS GU4230Refugees, Forced Migration, and Displacement3
HRTS GU4270Social Media and Human Rights: Actors, Advocacy and Analytics3
HRTS GU4500SOCIO-ECONOMIC RIGHTS: SELECTED ISSUES3
HRTS GU4600Human Rights in the Anthropocene3
HRTS GU4700Ethical Dilemmas in Healthcare: A Human Rights Approach3
HRTS GU4810Religion and Human Rights3
HRTS GU4900UN HUMAN RIGHTS BODIES: IMPACT – REFORM – ADVOCACY4
HRTS GU4915Human Rights and Urban Public Space3
HRTS GU4930International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights4
HRTS GU4950 4
HRTS GU4215NGOs and the Human Rights Movement: Strategies, Successes and Challenges3
HRTS GR5300 3
HRTS GR5400Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Human Rights3
HRTS GR5404Human Rights of Women3
HRTS GR5410Children's Rights: Selected Issues3
HRTS GR6020Introduction to Human Rights3
HRTS GR6800International Human Rights Law3
HRTS GR6990Human Rights Research Seminar3
Public Health: 3
POPF P8607Health and Human Rights Advocacy3
POPF P8620Protection of Children in Disaster & War1.5
POPF P8625Communicable Disease in Complex Emergencies1.5
POPF P8639Gender-based Violence in Complex Emergencies1.5
POPF P8648Food and Nutrition in Complex Emergencies1.5
POPF P8651Water and Sanitation in Complex Emergencies1.5
POPF P8673Refugee Reproductive Health1.5
POPF P8679Investigative Methods in Complex Emergencies3
POPF P8683Psychosocial and Mental Health Issues in Forced Migration1.5
POPF P8687Public Health and Humanitarian Action3
Law: 4
LAW L6250Immigration Law2
LAW L6276Human Rights3
LAW L6333Refugee Law and Policy3
LAW L6459The Law of Genocide2
LAW L6506Gender Justice3
LAW L8829International Human Rights Advocacy2
LAW L8284Critical Human Rights Theory2
LAW L8044Human Rights at Home: Advancing US Social Justics2
LAW L8887September 11 and the Rights of Non-Citizens2
LAW L9165Transitional Justice.2
LAW L9183Nuremberg Trials & War Crimes Law2
LAW L9252Human Rights, Law and Development Workshop2
LAW L9383International Humanitarian Law2
LAW L9832Seminar: Human Rights Reparations under Domestic & International Law2
Other:
EMPA U6036Strategic Corporate Social Responsibility3
REGN U6149Energy, Corporate Responsibility & Human Rights3
REGN U6545Human Rights in the Western Balkans1.5
REGN U6546Human Rights & Civil Society in Soviet and Post-Soviet Russia3
RELI W4612Religion and Humanitarianism4
POLS W4474 4
INAF U8890Model International Mobility Treaty3
INAF U6802International Law3
INAF U6374Mainstreaming Gender in Global Affairs3
INAF U6376LGBT Rights Internationally: Contemporary Issues and Fundamental Principles1.5
CLEN GU4550Narrative and Human Rights3
1

The elective courses below are suggestions only. Students may choose from elective courses not listed below that are related to their area of specialty within human rights, as long as approved by the Concentration Director.

2

For more detailed course information, please go to the Institute for the Study of Human Rights website at http://hrcolumbia.org/hrstudies/courses

3

For more detailed course information, please go to Mailman School of Public Health Courses website at: http://www.mailman.hs.columbia.edu/academics/courses

4

For more detailed course information, please go to the Law School Curriculum Guide ahttp://www.law.columbia.edu/courses/search

All students are encouraged to discuss their proposed schedule with their advisor.

Human Rights Focus Area

Year 1
FallPointsSpringPoints
Core: Conceptual Foundations (MIA) or Politics of Policy Making (MPA)14SIPA U4201 or U640113
INAF U675123SIPA U65003
SIPA U40400.5Concentration HR Focus Area Course 13
SIPA U4200 or U640013Specialization Course 13
Core: Management Course or Financial Management Course3Elective3
 13.5 15
Year 2
FallPointsSpringPoints
Elective3Core: Capstone Workshop 3
Concentration HR Focus Area Course 23Concentration Elective 2 3
Concentration Elective 1 3Specialization Course 3 3
Specialization Course 23Internship Registration (Optional) 1.5, 3
Core: Management Course or Financial Management Course3Elective 3
 15 13.5-15
Total Points: 57-58.5

Humanitarian Policy Focus Area

Year 1
FallPointsSpringPoints
Core: Conceptual Foundations (MIA) or Politics of Policy Making (MPA)14SIPA U4201 or U640113
INAF U675123SIPA U65003
SIPA U40400.5Concentration HP Focus Area Track Course 13
SIPA U4200 or U640013Specialization Course 13
Core: Management Course or Financial Management Course3Elective3
 13.5 15
Year 2
FallPointsSpringPoints
Elective3Core: Capstone Workshop 3
Concentration HP Focus Area Course 23Concentration Elective 2 3
Concentration Elective 1 3Specialization Course 3 3
Specialization Course 23Internship Registration (Optional) 1.5, 3
Core: Management Course or Financial Management Course3Elective 3
 15 13.5-15
Total Points: 57-58.5
1

 Course must be taken in the semester listed.

2

 Satisfies MIA Interstate Relations requirement.

Year 1

Foreign Language - For MIA students and EPD concentrators who need to take language courses to fulfill the degree/concentration requirement, your schedule may need to be adjusted accordingly.