Global Human Rights Certificate

Penn Law

Spring 2012

This is not a comprehensive list, but spotlights the type of courses that might be considered on a petition basis.


LAW 924–China and International Human Rights Law

China officially accepts the existence of universal international human rights norms and has acceded to many of the major international legal instruments governing human rights, has signed others and has participated extensively in the United Nations Human Rights Council and other components of the international human rights regime. Yet, the People’s Republic’s human rights record faces serious, extensive and multifaceted criticisms from Chinese sources, international human rights NGOs and foreign states, including the United States State Department’s annual China Human Rights Report.

NELC 638 - Approaches to Islamic Law

This course aims to introduce students to the study of Islamic law, the all-embracing sacred law of Islam. In this course we will attempt to consider many different facets of the historical, doctrinal, institutional and social complexity of Islamic law. In addition, the various approaches that have been taken to the study of these aspects of Islamic law will be analyzed. The focus will be mostly, though not exclusively, on classical Islamic law. Specific topics covered include the beginnings of legal thought in Islam, various areas of Islamic positive law (substantive law), public and private legal institutions, Islamic legal theory, and issues in the contemporary development and application of Islamic law.

LAW 934 - Public Health Law & Policy

This seminar will examine a number of urgent issues at the intersection of law and public health, particularly those that involve a conflict between the rights of individuals and the well-being of the community. Rather than being wedded to a particular field of legal doctrine, we will use a case study approach to analyze US and international conflicts over (and regulation of) tobacco, junk food, pandemics/vaccines, natural and nuclear disasters, and HIV/AIDS, among others. Several distinguished guests will be invited to speak to the class, and students will have the opportunity to research, write, and present original research.

EDUC 545 - Economics of Education in Global Perspective

One of the challenges facing developing countries is how to allocate scarce resources among the various competing needs, and to spur economic growth and reduce poverty. Education is considered to be critical, even if not sufficient, to the process of economic and social transformation so desired in developing countries. The aim of this course is to discuss the economic arguments for investment in education and in turn analyse mechanisms by which resources can efficiently be allocated to the education system to maximise its benefits. The course will thus present an analysis of the role of education in economic development, cost benefit analysis in education, education investment criteria, analysis of demand and supply of education, internal efficiency and educational quality, equity considerations in educational investment, and intersectoral linkages between education and labour market, and the economic rationale for education aid, all in the context of low and middle income countries.