Business and Human Rights

Transnational corporations are increasingly viewed as contributing to human rights violations and having obligations to promote and protect human rights, particularly in the developing world.  In industries as varied as oil and mining, textile manufacturing, electronics, pharmaceuticals, and agriculture, corporations have the potential to promote human welfare or contribute to human rights violations. 
 
This course will use interactive case studies, simulation exercises, small group discussions, and traditional lectures to explore a range of issues at the intersection of commercial activity and human rights.  Students will learn to identify stakeholders, assess the impacts of economic development schemes, analyze the obligations and opportunities facing corporations, explore the ways that advocates use the media to promote their views, and address the ethical issues that arise in business and human rights work. 
 

Prerequisites: None

Evaluation: Grades will be based on participation in class, work on case studies, and a final paper.