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Human Rights Minor at SFC

St. Francis College has created a signature Human Rights Program. Integral to the Program is the new interdisciplinary Human Rights minor developed by the faculty in collaboration with Fellows who are external experts in their fields.

The Human Rights framework as a global road map for dignity, freedom, and equality for every individual everywhere has risen to prominence in recent years. With human rights and democracy under attack globally, it is critically important for students to gain an understanding of the root causes of these challenges confronting our world. This interdisciplinary minor analyzes these recent developments to equip students with a useable framework to understand why democracy and human rights have been eroded and what they can do as responsible global citizens to stem this tide through their informed activism and advocacy for change. A better future is possible, and they will be able to imagine it by exploring pathways of change through well-grounded policy and constructing a campaign for it.

The Human Rights minor-under Economics, History, Political Science & Social Studies Department- pairs in meaningful and practical ways with many majors in the College and will add appreciable value to the student's degree. The minor thus provides a strong complement to many career pathways with growing opportunities. The Human Rights minor includes five (5) courses including an introductory course (Understanding Human Rights), three electives from a variety of disciplines, and a Capstone Seminar (Human Rights Activism, Advocacy and Change). Many of the Human Rights courses are developed and taught by SFC Human Rights Fellows -who are experts from the corporate, non-profit, academic, and community sectors -in collaboration with full-time faculty. For 2021-2022, the Human Rights Fellows are:

Luna Corbetta
Partner, PwC, teaching "Business and DEl: The Human Rights Lens of Business"

Natalie Jesionka
Journalist, teaching "Human Trafficking, Gender and Social Impact"

Dr. Hakim Williams
Professor of Peace and Justice Studies at Gettysburg College, teaching "Human Rights Activism, Advocacy and Change"

K. Bain
Executive Director of Community Capacity Development, teaching "Human Rights in NYC: The Fight for Human Justice."

Fernando Blanco
Director of Latin American Studies at Bucknell University, teaching "Challenges to Democracy and Human Rights in Latin America."

Dr. Aniket Shah
Managing Director at Jeffries Group and Senior Fellow at Columbia, teaching "Human Rights, Sustainability and Global Finance."

Also developed by the faculty are these two new courses:
Understanding Human Rights
International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Students in the minor will be able to participate in related internships, be mentored by fellows, interact with speakers in the SFC human rights lecture series, participate in the vibrant Amnesty international student chapter at SFC, explore related study abroad opportunities, and engage virtually with students internationally.

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This course will address the most pressing issues related to business and human rights that have risen to prominence in recent years, including Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEl), Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG).

Students will explore and develop perspectives and insights on how companies can build and nurture an environment where employees and communities can thrive and fulfill their human potential. Leading experts on the issues will be guest lecturers. The course is taught by SFC Human Rights Fellow Luna Corbetta, a partner at PwC, one of the top professional services

company in the world, with Prof. Richard Bateman of Business Law. Pre-Reg: HIS/PSC 1203 or BUS 1001 Or by Permission.

BL-2601 Business and Human Rights

This course will address the most pressing issues related to business and human rights that have risen to prominence in recent years, including Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI), Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), and Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG).

Students will explore and develop perspectives and insights on how companies can build and nurture an environment where employees and communities can thrive and fulfill their human potential. Leading experts on the issues will be guest lecturers.

The course is taught by SFC Human Rights Fellow Luna Corbetta, a partner at PwC, one of the top professional services company in the world, with Prof. Richard Batelman of Business Law.

Pre-Req: HIS/PSC 1203 or BUS 1001 Or by Permission

SOC 4011: Special Topics Human Trafficking, Gender & Social Impact

Human Trafficking has become a pressing global problem and a modern form of slavery, claiming an estimated 40 million victims globally. This interdisciplinary course analyzes the unique link between human trafficking, gender, and economics. It will interpret human trafficking through the unique lens of culture, gender politics, and human rights. In order to combat human trafficking, students must become articulate in the discourse, problem, the origins, the means, policy, and the economics of trafficking. Students will also evaluate outcomes of the last ten years of human trafficking policy.

The course is taught by SFC Human Rights Fellow Natalie Jesionka, an author, journalist and expert on human trafficking.

Pre-Req: SOC 1001 Or by Permission

ICS 3316: Human Rights Activism, Advocacy & Social Change

The focus in this course is the theory and practice of human rights activism and advocacy. There is too often a chasm between human rights rhetoric and sustainable, justice-based change. This class will examine this chasm, but also the myriad forms and examples of human rights activism and advocacy around the world. The course will build on students’ learned theories from other human rights class(es) and help them to translate knowledge into practice. It will also equip students with skills in conflict resolution which they can apply as advocates, change agents, and leaders. Students will have an opportunity to work in teams to enact a human rights campaign.

The course is taught by SFC Human Rights Fellow Dr. Hakim Williams, Professor of Peace and Justice Studies at Gettysburg College and an Alumnus of SFC.

Pre-Req: HIS/PSC 1203 Or by Permission.

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