Human Rights

Dr Tom Kerns













Approximate Weekly Schedule

Spring Quarter 2010


This page provides an approximate overview of what will be assigned in the coming weeks, for those who would like to get an idea of what's coming up.




Apr 5-7
• register
• learn classroom software
• post biography in classroom
Apr 8-14
• Definitions
• Case study: torture
• Lecture on teleological & deontological ethics
• Immanuel Kant, Fundamental Principles of the Metaphysic of Morals
• John Stuart Mill, Utilitarianism
• Friedrich Nietzsche, The Antichrist
Apr 15-21
• Ursula LeGuin, The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas
• Erskine Caldwell, Saturday Afternoon
• Lecture on ethical relativism and ethical essentialism
• Research Project (& personal narratives) assignment
Apr 22-28
• David Feldshuh, Miss Evers' Boys
The Nuremberg Code
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
• Elliott & Lamm, A Moral Code for a Finite World
• Research projects need to be OKed by Tue evening
• Midterm Self Evaluation assignment
Apr 29-May 5
• Kerns, Environmentally Induced Illness
• Watch: "A Killer Bargain"
• Midterm Self Evaluation due between Thursday & Tuesday
• Research projects approved before Tuesday
May 6-12
• Four cases: Bhopal, Fear in the Fields, New Zealand, CDFA
• James Nickel, "Human Rights," Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy
May 13-19
• midterm exam
• Johannes Morsink, The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Origins, Drafting and Intent, Intro, chps 1, 2, 8
American Declaration on the Rights and Duties of Man
• Sandra Steingraber, speech to 2008 Bioneers conference
• The Pollution in People study
May 20-26
• Picolotti and Taillant, Linking Human Rights and the Environment, Intro, chps 1, 2, 3, 7 & 9
May 27-Jn 2
• Henrik Ibsen, Enemy of the People (Arthur Miller adaptation)
• lecture: Overview of human rights methods and practice
• Present and discuss research project papers
June 3-9
• Jack Donnelly, Universal Human Rights in Theory & Practice, Introduction, chapters 1 & 2 (pp 1-37)
• Picolotti and Taillant, Linking Human Rights and the Environment, chp 8, "Environmental Advocacy and the Inter-American Human Rights System"
June 10-16
Public opinion survey on human rights in the US
• final exam
• Final and Project Self Evaluations both due on Wednesday
class ends this Wednesday evening