The curriculum Competing Visions of Human Rights: Questions for U.S. Policy draws students into the debate on the role of human rights in U.S. policy. Through readings and activities students explore the history of international human rights and consider various options for defining and protecting rights.
Videos for Readings: The videos below follow the outline of the printed curriculum unit. The headings correspond to the headings in the student readings.
Videos for Lessons accompany lessons in the teacher's guide of the printed curriculum unit.
Scholars Online: Videos for Readings
Competing Visions of Human Rights: Questions for U.S. Policy
Paulo Sérgio Pinheiro
High Court of South Africa
Michael Vorenberg Brown University
Sarah Leah Whitson
Human Rights Watch
P. Terrence Hopmann
Former President of Chile
Introduction: What are Human Rights?
Part I: A Brief History of Human Rights
Early Developments in Human Rights
World War II
The Birth of the United Nations
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The Cold War and Decolonization
Part II: Human Rights in Practice
The Role of National Governments
The United Nations
Other Promoters of Human Rights
U.S. Human Rights Policy
Part III: Case Studies in Human Rights
Balancing Rights—Freedom of Expression
The Right to Health—Brazil
Universal Rights?—The Rights of Children
International Justice—Augusto Pinochet and Chile
Military Intervention for Human Rights—Kosovo