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.