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Spring 2023  |  PA 5890 Section 001: Topics in Foreign Policy and International Affairs -- Fact-Finding Investigations on Human Rights (65577)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
15 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option No Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Topics Course
Enrollment Requirements:
Grad or Masters or Law
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Mon, Wed 01:00PM - 02:15PM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 35
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 15 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Selected topics.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?WALSH912+PA5890+Spring2023
Class Description:

This course will familiarize you with core principles and techniques for human rights fact-finding, focusing especially on interviews.


You'll learn practical skills, such as: planning and preparing for fact-finding interviews; navigating ethical and security challenges; tailoring interviews for specific populations; interviewing government or corporate officials; conducting remote interviews; minimizing the risk of retraumatization and vicarious trauma; and adapting fact-finding approaches for restricted or challenging locations.


This seminar uses role-play simulations as a learning tool. Most weeks, you will "learn by doing" as we spend one class session discussing topics and techniques, and the other doing role play exercises in pairs of students. After many shorter practice sessions in class, you'll do a full, in-depth mock interview with me based on a hypothetical scenario.


You will also engage with guest speakers with human rights interviewing experience, and learn by reading methodology sections of recent human rights fact-finding reports.


Learning Objectives:

Through this course, you will understand what fact-finding is, and how fact-finding interviews are used in the human rights field. More specifically, you will develop interviewing skills and knowledge that will enable you to:

  • Understand core standards and ethical considerations for human rights interviews

  • Mitigate risks of retraumatization and vicarious trauma

  • Interview survivors of human rights abuses, and understand best practices for interviewing specific populations

  • Interview civil society advocates and service providers

  • Interview government or corporate officials

  • Navigate remote interviews

  • Assess and handle security risks for interviews

  • Obtain data and information from official sources

Grading:
A-F or S/N
Exam Format:
The assignments are short and practical. They're designed to build your skills in planning and conducting human rights interviews. There is no lengthy written paper assignment, and no final exam.
Workload:
Commensurate with other graduate-level courses, though readings are typically shorter.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65577/1233
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/walsh912_PA5890_Spring2022.pdf (Spring 2022)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/walsh912_PA5890_Spring2021.pdf (Spring 2021)
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/walsh912_PA5890_Fall2020.pdf (Fall 2020)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
24 October 2021

Spring 2023  |  PA 5890 Section 002: Topics in Foreign Policy and International Affairs -- Ethics Conversations for Global Professionals (65612)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
1 Credit
Repeat Credit Limit:
15 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option No Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Topics Course
Enrollment Requirements:
Grad or Masters or Law
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Mon 11:15AM - 12:05PM
UMTC, West Bank
Blegen Hall 317
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 20 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Selected topics.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?dlevison+PA5890+Spring2023
Class Description:
Student may contact the instructor or department for information.
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65612/1233

Spring 2023  |  PA 5890 Section 003: Topics in Foreign Policy and International Affairs -- Migration, Human Rights, and the Southern Border (65714)

Instructor(s)
Class Component:
Lecture
Credits:
3 Credits
Repeat Credit Limit:
15 Credits
Grading Basis:
Student Option No Audit
Instructor Consent:
No Special Consent Required
Instruction Mode:
In Person Term Based
Class Attributes:
Online Course
Topics Course
Enrollment Requirements:
Grad or Masters or Law
Times and Locations:
Regular Academic Session
 
01/17/2023 - 05/01/2023
Tue, Thu 09:45AM - 11:00AM
UMTC, West Bank
Hubert H Humphrey Center 35
Enrollment Status:
Open (0 of 15 seats filled)
Also Offered:
Course Catalog Description:
Selected topics.
Class Notes:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/?eschwart+PA5890+Spring2023
Class Description:
This one credit course will examine the range of policy issues surrounding forced migration from Central America to Mexico and the United States, human rights, and the southern border of the United States.
The Biden administration has sought to develop policies that 1) begin to reverse the closure of asylum space that was accelerated in the prior presidential administration, 2) recognize the importance of of a range of possible immigration pathways for individuals and families from Central America; 3) provide for expanded refugee processing from the Northern Triangle region; and 4) recognize and begin to address so-called root causes of violence, corruption, and disenfranchisement in Central America. In this short course, we will examine those strategies, consider the assumptions that underlie them, and assess early implementation efforts.

As is the case with so much work relating to migration in general and forced migration in particular, these issues involve both foreign and domestic policy, relating to immigration, refugee resettlement, and foreign assistance, among other issues.
Who Should Take This Class?:
Students with interests in migration, forced migration, refugee issues, Mexico and Central America, and human rights and development.
Learning Objectives:
Students will obtain deeper understanding of U.S. asylum policy and practices (especially with respect to the border), the factors driving migration from Central America, including their human rights and humanitarian dimensions, U.S. foreign policy issues relating to the Northern Triangle region, and the policy challenges surrounding each (and all) of these sets of issues.
Grading:
Grading will be based on 1) a pre-class assignment based on pre-class readings; 2) class participation; and 3) a post-class thought paper (of about 750-1000 words).
Exam Format:
No exam.
Class Format:
This two day class will involve a small amount of lecture from the professor, several guest experts, and large group and small group discussion.
Workload:
The workload outside of class will include a pre-class written assignment based on pre-class readings and a post-class thought paper (of about 750-1000 words).
Textbooks:
https://bookstores.umn.edu/course-lookup/65714/1233
Past Syllabi:
http://classinfo.umn.edu/syllabi/eschwart_PA5890_Fall2021.pdf (Fall 2021)
Instructor Supplied Information Last Updated:
17 July 2021

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