- Amman, Jordan; Kathmandu, Nepal; Atlanta, United States; Multi-Country Programs, Multi-Country Programs; Santiago, Chile
- Program Type:
- Study Abroad
- Degree Level:
- Fall Semester, Spring Semester
- Program Description:
Investigate the history of the human rights movement, the state of human rights protections, and future prospects and challenges across four national contexts.
This newly launched program will examine the following fundamental questions: What rights are common to all human beings? How are these rights enshrined, exercised, and safeguarded?
The program will spend time in four different countries. This comparative approach will highlight cultural variations in individual rights related to political freedoms and expression, underrepresented minority groups, and gender equity.
Major topics of study will include:
•Foundations and frameworks: 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights; evolution of the modern human rights movement
•Human rights and globalization: labor standards and conditions; migration; accountability of multinational corporations
•Current challenges: conflicts between national sovereignty and human rights
•Conflicts between international and national policy
•Core tenets of constitutive cultures and human identity
•The role of civil society: particularly grassroots movements and NGOs
Students will interact with academics, individual activists, members of civil society organizations, and officials of adjudicating institutions as they focus on the practical aspects of advocating and safeguarding human rights.
The program takes a holistic, interdisciplinary view of academic topics, drawing not only on articles and faculty lectures, but also student observations, guest lectures, and homestay interviews to facilitate learning. Assignments could involve written essays, oral presentations, and/or more creative projects such as posters and photo stories.
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- Setting Description:
- USA, Jordan, Nepal, Chile
Additional Program Information
- Scholarships Description:
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Based on 2 Reviews
- Experiential Learning01/23/20
The study abroad experience provided by SIT changed my life for the better. When applying, SIT stood out because of their commitment to experiential learning. In this one semester, I felt I had learned more than in my entire academic career at college.
Having the opportunity to critically engage with communities on the ground and actually see real world applications makes concepts and ideas more powerful, instead of a traditional classroom experience. Of course, there are a lot of ethical grey lines to consider for a program that takes students across the world extracting information. SIT does a wonderful job of critically engaging with the privilege of the students to be on a program like IHP, but also spends significant time discussing our role in these communities. My entire worldview has changed, especially when considering the United States role in the world and American imperialism. The nature of a program that focuses on Human Rights is not easy. I have never been so emotionally and physically challenged than in a semester with IHP, because these issues matter and effect real people's lives, and you will see this first hand. Your success on programs like this really does depend on a few variables, particularly your staff and classmates. Spending almost 24/7 with about 25 people can take a toll, but as you are going through this experience together, these people can be your greatest asset. Luckily, I would say the Human Rights program attracts good people, and I had the opportunity to learn from traveling Professor Umud Dalgic, who really cared about learning. The amount of discussions students would have involving material or just the world at large at random dinners or bus rides with each other and professors showed people’s commitment but also SIT’s commitment to finding the best people to be a part of SIT to really enhance your experience. I now have life long friends due to this program, and will most likely be doing another IHP program next fall.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
- Continue to Questio06/01/14
I can say without a doubt that this program changed my life. I went into the program with high expectations and they were surpassed. This is not an immersion program it is a comparative program and therefore it allows students to dive deeper and gain
context to the issues surrounding the universal human rights framework. Although it was not an immersion program through dedicated country staff teams and host families I did feel immersed in each country, and I picked up a little bit of the language in each country as well. I feel a special connection with each place that I went. If you are looking for a rigorous program that will teach you how to appropriately question things, and open your mind to the possibilities for equality- this your program. I could not recommend it higher.read moreBottom Line:Yes, I would recommend this to a friend