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Spring and Summer courses 2021

Wed. May. 5, 2021

Concepts and Convention in Human Rights HR-2100-001 (Online, 05/03/21 - 06/14/21 Tuesday, Thursday 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM, 3 credit hours)
This course will explore the key concepts in human rights law, theory and practice. The class will begin with the historical development of international human rights and move through the implementation and expansion of norms. The course will familiarize students with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Convention of Civil and Political Rights, the International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and the other core international human rights treaties. Class discussions will take a critical approach to human rights and examine issues including intersectionality, the debate between universalism and cultural relativism, agency and accountability, challenges to human rights accessibility as well other contemporary and emerging human rights issues. 

History of Human Rights in Canada HR-2200-001 (Online, 05/03/21 - 06/14/21 Monday, Wednesday 9:00 AM - 12:00, PM, 3 credit hours; cross-listed: HIST-2512-001)
This course will explore the historical development of Canadian human rights. It will first engage in an overview of human rights in Canada including the human rights movement and the establishment of The Charter of Rights and Freedoms. Having situated the history of human rights in Canada broadly, students will then be equipped to analyze a variety of important case studies specifically including indigenous rights, women’s rights, cultural rights, labour rights, immigrant and refugee rights, LGBT* rights, disability rights and environmental rights. 

Special Topics in Human Rights: Indigenous and Refugee Rights HR-3650-001 (Online, 05/03/21 — 14/06/21 Tuesday, Thursday 1:00 PM—4:00 PM, 3 credit hours)
The course will highlight a number of key issues about Indigenous peoples’ and refugees’ rights.  Moving from an introductory overview the rights and context of Indigenous peoples and refugees, the discussion will explore issues of identity, belonging, displacement, sovereignty, borders, citizenship, language, assimilation, and racial discrimination. By examining Indigenous peoples and refugees together, the course will facilitate an understanding of common grounds and tensions, the meaning of home, and the means to move beyond reconciliation in community building and collaboration. The course will be both conversational and exploratory as instructors and students work to listen, understand and learn from each other.

Practicum in Human Rights HR-3510 (05/03/21 - 08/31/20 Tuesday, Thursday 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM, 3 credit hours or 6 credit hours)
Human Rights students can complete domestic practicum placement in some Winnipeg-based agencies beginning in May. Human Rights students who are interested in enrolling in practicum placement 'HR-3510' course are strongly advised to contact the Practicum Coordinator Ruth Taronno (at r.taronno@uwinnipeg.ca), who will provide you with a practicum placement application and up to date information about possible placements. Read more about practicum placement. 

Special Topics in Human Rights: Education is a Human Right HR-4650-001 (Online, 07/19/21 — 07/30/21 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9:00 AM—12:00 PM, 3 credit hours; cross-listed: EDUC-5001-001
“Education is a human right with immense power to transform. On its foundation rest the cornerstones of freedom, democracy and sustainable human development.” – Kofi Annan (The Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
Education is a human right. It is fundamental to human, social and economic development and the attainment of sustainable goals and lasting peace.  In this course, we explore the transformative potential of human rights-based education to redress concerns for material conditions and for humanity.  We will engage in critical inquiry into urgent problems of marginalization and historical disadvantage to uncover assumptions, deepen understanding and identify next steps for changing programs, policy and practice. Requisite courses: At least 12 credit hours in Human Rights.

Special Topics in Human Rights: It Takes a Village HR-2650/GDP-7791 (Online, 08/04/21 - 08/16/21 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
This course deals with community-oriented activism in urban Indigenous contexts. Students will be exposed to past movements as well the current work of activists and community organizers in Winnipeg, including from organizers themselves. Students will also learn how community-based collectives and organizations form and operate, the different roles and responsibilities within organizing, relevant tools and strategies to promote social change, and critical skills for evaluating and participating in social movements and initiatives. This is a short, intensive course that will involve two weeks of class instruction plus additional out-of-class time to complete assignments. This course is open to community members and will be taught with community members in mind.

Special Topics: 231 Calls to Justice ANTH-4102/GDP-7791 (Online, 05/05/21 - 07/21/21 Wednesdays 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM)Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM)
This course takes an approach to understand the final report of the National Inquiry into Indigenous Women, Girls, and 2SLGBTQQIA persons - Reclaiming Power and Place and the 231 Calls to Justice. From examining the history of the road to the Inquiry and findings, the course will provide an opportunity to develop an Indigenous and community-based responses to the implementation of 231 Calls to Action. 

Mental health support services - The University of Winnipeg continues to provide well-being and mental health resources that are available with supports from counselors, advisors, student support programs, and student services: https://www.uwinnipeg.ca/remote-hub/docs/services-and-resources-for-students.pdf 

Please contact us at global.college@uwinnipeg.ca for any questions you may have.