Hosted by: SIT IHP Human Rights
International Studies, Political Science, Human Rights, Peace Studies
This program is open to all majors, but may be particularly suitable to students with academic interests in the majors listed above.
Fall: mid-August to mid-December
Spring: late January to late May
A minimum 3.0 GPA; good academic standing.
Coursework in social sciences such as anthropology, history, economics, sociology, and/or political science. Humanities coursework (philosophy, religion, and/or ethics) is also recommended.
This program is a multi-country, comparative exploration of the historical and social contexts of human rights movements, including the roles of culture, identity, political economy, and international law in four different countries. The program begins with a two-week orientation in New York City followed by month-long stays in Nepal, Jordan, and Chile. Topics of study will include:
- The root causes that incite struggles for human rights in different locations
- How the UN human rights framework came to be and the opportunities and challenges rights discourse poses for the actualization of human rights for all
- How the international “human rights” regime differs from and relates to the broad array of bottom-up “human rights” movements in existence today and throughout history
- The relationship between human rights, activism, and popular mobilization and the strategies of individual and collective action that are utilized to advance human rights in different locales
Students will compare the state and development of human rights across four radically different country contexts as well as critically examine the United States’ relationship to human rights. Students will meet and interact with community activists and grassroots organizers to gain first-hand insight on the topic. The program concludes with a retreat near the oceanfront residence of poet and Nobel laureate Pablo Neruda in Chile.
The courses include:
- Foundations and Frameworks of Human Rights (4 credits/ 60 class hours)
- Comparative Issues in Human Rights (4 credits/ 60 class hours)
- The Role of Civil Society: Grassroots Movements and NGOs (4 credits/ 60 class hours)
- Fieldwork Ethics and Comparative Research Methods (4 credits/ 60 class hours)
Detailed course information and syllabi are available here
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Students live with a host family for between two and four weeks at each program site, with the exception of the first location (Washington DC). Other accommodations can include guest houses, hostels, dormitories, and/or small hotels. Students will become a member of a local family, sharing meals with them, joining them for special occasions, talking with them in their language, and experiencing the host country through their eyes.
A full description of the program costs and billing procedures is available in the budget sheets.(Fall, Spring
: Due to the multi-country nature of the program, SIT program fees will differ from other traditional study abroad programs.
Students are eligible to carry existing financial aid and scholarships on Emory-approved study abroad programs. Students may also be eligible to apply for the following scholarships: Diversity Abroad (scholarships for under-represented students), Fund for Education Abroad, Benjamin Gilman Scholarship, and SIT Scholarships. Please click here for more information.
SIT provides an array of need-based scholarships that range from $500 to $5,000. The scholarship application is integrated in the application, so no additional application is needed. It is best to apply earlier to the program as it takes two weeks for scholarship request to be reviewed. You can find a list of SIT scholarships and FAQ's here.
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- Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.
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