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Fall and Winter 2021-2022 courses: Human Rights program

Mon. Jun. 27, 2022

The University of Winnipeg will resume in-person instruction for the 2022-2023 academic year. The 2022-2023 Fall and Winter Term timetable is now posted and course registration will open on Tuesday, June 21. UWinnipeg students will receive an email with their registration appointments. Read more

Global College's Human Rights program will offer the following courses in the Fall and Winter 2022-2023 terms: 

Introduction to Global Citizenship (Fall 2022; Winter 2023)

Concepts and Conventions in Human Rights (Fall 2022)

History of Human Rights (Fall 2022; Winter 2023)

Refugees, Resettlement and Resilience (Winter 2023)

Global Human Rights Advocacy (Winter 2023)

Human Rights Institutions (Fall 2022)

Models of Transitional Justice (Fall 2022)

Practicum in Human Rights (Fall 2022; Fall-Winter 2022-2023; Winter 2023)

Human Rights Approaches to Health (Winter 2023)

Capstone in Human Rights (Winter 2023)

HR-1200: Introduction to Global Citizenship (Fall 2022 for 3 credit hours; Winter 2023 for 3 credit hours: Monday, Wednesday 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM, Instructor: Lloyd Kornelsen). Cross-listed: IDS-1200
In this course, students trace the historical development of the idea of “global citizenship,” interrogating the meanings, contradictions and contentions associated with this term. Through guest speakers and student research on specific issues and injustices that are present in Manitoba communities, and which also have global connections or manifestations, students examine current practices aimed at fostering global citizenship. The future of concepts or related to global citizenship is addressed by analyzing the rights and democratic citizenship and asking how such rights should be articulated and advanced. 

HR-2100: Concepts and Conventions in Human Rights (Fall 2021 for 3 credit hours; Tuesday, Thursday 2:30 PM - 3:45 PM, Instructor: Shauna Labman)
The course explores the historical development of human rights concepts, and the major international human rights conventions and instruments. Students become familiar with the breadth of the landscape of human rights including political, civil, social, economic and cultural rights. Class discussions will take a critical approach to human rights and examine issues including intersectionality, the debate between universalism and cultural relativism, challenges to human rights accessibility as well contemporary and emerging human rights issues.

HR-2200: History of Human Rights in Canada - sections 001, 002, 003, 004, 760, 770; 3 credit hours. Cross-listed: HIST-2540
(section 001 - Fall 2022, Tuesday, Thursday 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM, Instructor: Saad Khan;
section 002 - Fall 2022, Monday, off-campus, Merchant's Corner, 1:00 PM - 3:45 PM, Instructor: Lorena Fontaine;
section 003 - Winter 2023: Tuesday, Thursday 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM, Instructor: Saad Khan;
section 004 - Winter 2023: Friday, 2:30 PM - 5:15 PM, Instructor: Lorena Fontaine;
section 760 - Fall 2022: Online-Asynchronous, Instructor: Kirsten Van Houten)
section 770 - Winter 2023: Online-Synchronous (live lectures), Wednesday 6:00-9:00 PM, Instructor: Kirsten Van Houten.

This course examines the history of human rights within the Canadian context including key federal, provincial and municipal legislation and human rights institutions. The course explores the evolution of the protection of human rights in Canada, as well as the links between historical and contemporary discrimination in Canada in areas such as immigration, employment and housing, internment of minority populations, gender, sexuality, anti-Semitism and treatment of Indigenous peoples. The experiences of Indigenous peoples are central to the story of human rights in Canada and, consequently, central to this course taught on Treaty One land in the heart of the Métis Nation.

HR-2540: Global Human Rights Advocacy (Winter 2023 for 3 credit hours, Tuesday, Thursday 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM, Instructor: Michele Lemonius)
This course examines the meaning of human rights advocacy alongside activism and the work of human rights defenders. From the efforts of large international non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to the considerations of individual advocates the various approaches, techniques and consequences of human rights advocacy are explored.

HR-3410: Models of Transitional Justice (Fall 2022 for 3 credit hours, Tuesday, Thursday 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM, Instructor: Saad Khan). Cross-listed: CRS-3410
An oft-cited paradox is that those who conduct the most serious crimes - crimes of war, genocide and gross human rights violations - are least likely to be held accountable for their acts. This course examines processes by which societies deal with the legacy of widespread human rights abuses after a period of oppression or violent conflict in order to achieve the transition to a just and equitable society. The course investigates a variety of transitional justice mechanisms, such as reparations, truth commissions, reconciliation activities and criminal tribunals. Case studies will be drawn from several countries, including Canada.

HR-3510: Practicum in Human Rights (3 or 6 credit hours, Practicum Coordinator: Ruth Taronno)
Human Rights students can currently complete their practicum placement in Winnipeg-based local agencies in Fall and Winter terms to fulfill 3 or 6 credit hours of practicum placement requirement. For a practicum placement application and up-to-date information about possible placements, please check our Practicum page and contact the Practicum Coordinator - Ruth Taronno

HR-2310: Refugees, Resettlement, and Resilience (Winter 2023 for 3 credit hours, Tuesday, Thursday 2:30 AM - 3:45 PM, Instructor: Abdikheir Ahmed)
This course focuses on refugees from both the domestic and international frameworks of law and policy. Refugee protection in Canada (with a focus on the refugee definition, inland refugee claims, resettlement and private sponsorship) will be discussed in relation to international obligations, sovereignty, settlement, integration and border control. 

HR-3210: Human Rights Institutions (Fall 2022 for 3 credit hours, Tuesday, Thursday 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM, Instructor: Javier Torres)
This course examines the creation and role of both national and international human rights institutions.
Through an examination of their frameworks and procedures the key challenges and critiques of the institutions as well as their powers to both protect and educate will be analyzed.

HR-4450: Human Rights Approaches to Health (Winter 2023 for 3 credit hours, Monday 2:30 PM - 5:15 PM, Instructor: Saad Khan).
This course identifies, locates, and examines the complicated intersection between human rights and health in law, policy, and lived reality. Taught from a multi-disciplinary framework, the course analyzes the content, justiciability and realization of international right to health provisions and the meaning of these provisions in different cultural and socio-economic contexts. Through contemporary debates and case studies, the course examines the interaction between various human rights approaches (cultural rights, right to development, environmental rights, women's rights, Indigenous rights) and health approaches (public health, global health, environmental health, social determinants of health). 

HR-4001: Capstone in Human Rights (Winter 2023 for 3 credit hours, Wednesday 2:30 PM - 5:15 PM, Instructor: Lorena Fontaine).
This seminar seeks to build on students’ existing knowledge of human rights by delving into theoretical and practical issues of human rights theory, research and practice. How are human rights understood in different places? Is the idea of a universal concept realistic? Problematic? How do we conduct ethical human rights research? How do we measure human rights successes or failures? Do different measures yield different results? In this deliberately interdisciplinary course, students continue to learn about human rights material as well as learning how to do ethical human rights research. As part of the course students will carry out and transcribe two interviews which will later form part of their research papers.

Academic Calendar: To download the 2022/2023 academic course calendar containing the requirements and options for the programs listed above, please click here.

To download the description of courses that are offered by Human Rights program, please click here.  

To download the 3-year, 4-year sample course mapping in Human Rights program (major), as well as sample course mapping, minoring in Human Rights program, please click here.

To declare your major in Human Rights, please fill out the Major Declaration Form, and submit to us at global.college@uwinnipeg.ca  

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.