FYS*101*19 Description

First-Year Seminar

This course explores major debates about human rights in Latin America and Spain. We will examine different moments in which the rights of individuals and groups in the Hispanic World have been violated. We will discuss the historical, political, legal, social, and cultural aspects of each case, and will consider human rights as a tool for social and political activism. Through the study of a variety of texts (novels, short stories, music, journalistic accounts, and films), we will analyze the struggle of different social agents demanding human rights protections and social justice over time. The seminar will be divided into two main units: colonial times and modern times. As we examine human rights issues, students will also sharpen writing and speaking skills, and develop analytical abilities, needed for sustained collegiate success. The course will include a field trip to the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C.