How should U.S. policy address human rights?
Third edition. December 2016.
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Perhaps no subject is more thoroughly woven throughout international affairs than human rights. Human rights concerns and justifications permeate debates about military action, international trade, foreign aid, and security. Despite its pervasiveness in both global affairs and domestic politics, human rights remain an abstract concept for many. What exactly are human rights? How should governments protect them? How do human rights influence the lives of people around the world? Competing Visions of Human Rights: Questions for U.S. Policy prepares students to consider fundamental questions about human rights and their role in U.S. policy. The unit is divided into three parts. Each part includes:
- Student readings
- Accompanying study guides, graphic organizers, and key terms
Lessons aligned with the readings that develop analytical skills and can be completed in one or more periods
- Videos that feature leading experts
This unit also includes an Options Role Play as the key lesson and additional synthesis lessons that allow students to synthesize new knowledge for assessment. You do not need to use the entire unit; feel free to select what suits your classroom needs.