I just had my first class meeting with my professor for the Human Rights course. Dr. Dolan gave us our syllabus. Our goals for the semester are to visit sites of human rights and intergovernmental organizations. We will be using our textbook, A Problem From Hell: American and the Age of Genocide by Samantha Powers, to our real life experiences and observations. We will develop written and oral communication skills by writing and understanding various international laws and ethical norms that shape global human rights.
I am looking forward to develop a clearer understanding of global culture and systems. I wanted to be able to apply and integrate the human right challenges with what I observe on field trips, prior research, and classroom discussion.
I would like to share what I will be experiencing with the course. The first week we will not have this course. We will start with orientation and the intercultural communication course. This course will begin May 18 and we will have this course for two sessions one in the morning that will pertain to discussion and one in the afternoon that will be followed with a written exam. The next day will follow the same format with a second exam. Friday that 22 we will be experiencing the European Union and we will visit the European Commission in Brussels as a class. The next week will be followed with the same format of having class discussions and two written exams on Tuesday and Thursday. The following week in June we will have another class trip to the International Criminal Court, The Hague. We will have to wear formal attire and experience the court case: War Crimes Tribunal of Bosco Ntagada.
Bosco Ntagada was a former alleged Deputy Chief of the Staff and commander of operations of the Patriotic Forces for the Liberation of Congo. In a pre-trail they unanimously confirmed the charges consisting in 13 counts of war crimes (murder and attempted murder; attacking civilians; rape; sexual slavery of civilians; pillaging; displacement of civilians; attacking protected objects; destroying the enemy’s property; and rape, sexual slavery, enlistment and conscription of child soldiers under the age of 15 years old). He is also convicted of 5 counts of against humanity. These crimes were allegedly committed in 2002-2003 in the Ituri Province, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DCR).
After experiencing the court case we will have two more classes with the last class ending in a final exam. The last Friday night we are together it is expected we will be able to go to the soccer game that will be featuring the US against the Dutch!
As the semester is coming to an end I am feeling excited and nervous! I believe this experience will allow me to become more of a critical thinker, become more confident, and become more comfortable traveling!
Thank you for reading,