Human Rights in Theory and Practice

A photo showing cement buildings in Iraq, with photos of missing persons posted on the windows and outside walls of the buildings.

Missing persons pictures, posted on windows and buildings (Iraq). (Image courtesy of USAID.)


MIT Course Number

11.164 / 11.497 / 17.391

As Taught In

Fall 2010


Undergraduate / Graduate

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Course Description

Course Description

This course provides a rigorous and critical introduction to the foundation, structure and operation of the international human rights movement. It includes leading theoretical and institutional issues and the functioning of the international human rights mechanisms including non-governmental and inter-governmental ones. It covers cutting-edge human rights issues including gender and race discrimination, religion and state, national security and terrorism, globalization and human rights, and technology and human rights.

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Balakrishnan Rajagopal. 11.164 Human Rights in Theory and Practice, Fall 2010. (Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare), (Accessed). License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA

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