Focusing on both European and non-European jurisdictions, the course will introduce students to contemporary debates about the role of religion in public and political life, familiarize them with critical human and women’s rights issues across different religious traditions and political systems by specifically discussing contemporary multicultural and pluri-legal challenges to universal human rights values and principles. The course will link together the study of aspects of European human rights law and of specific Asian and African legal systems, as well as comparative state-church relations, creating much room for individual specialization of students, built on a common core of covered material. The course, which will be of interest to students studying law, international relations and political sciences, with an emphasis on human rights, religion, Islam, the Middle East, Western Europe, and women and gender studies, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students. As part of the course, students will attend hearings at the European Court of Human Rights; there will also be guest speakers from the Council of Europe, the Court and local French universities who will deliver lectures on various topics. This course can count as an IR Senior Capstone. This course can be combined with French for Diplomacy or a Summer Internship in Strasbourg.
"I loved getting to know the city of Strasbourg on a deeper level than I would have if I were only vacationing there. I can still hear the voice recording on the tram letting me know I've arrived at the bustling l'Homme de Fer, can still taste the delicious tarte flambée and homemade quiche, and can still see the beautiful parks and architecture I passed on my way to class every morning. The city's abundance of history and culture, and the kindness I received from my host mother and other locals, made Strasbourg one of my favorite places in the world." Gina Reitenauer, Strasbourg Summer 2018
Students arrange and pay for their own round-trip transatlantic flight to Strasbourg. Transportation for program-related field trips are arranged by Syracuse Abroad and are included in the program fee. You will live in a private home with French hosts who provide breakfast and one main meal daily during their stay except on weekends when breakfast only will be provided. Graduate students who choose to arrange and pay for their own housing in Strasbourg must notify the Syracuse Abroad office of their decision at the time of application.
Do not purchase your airline ticket before receiving written notification from us that you can book your flight. You will have to present this notification if we cancel the program at a later date, and you want to be reimbursed for the cost of the ticket.
*Travel and living arrangements are subject to change. Syracuse Abroad will provide detailed information prior to the program start date.
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Religion, Law, and Human Rights in Comparative Perspective
IRP/MES/PSC 400.1/600.1, 3 Credits, Undergraduate/Graduate
*It is the student's responsibility to confirm with their home school/college that the course(s) taken as part of this program will satisfy their degree requirements.
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Yüksel Sezgin is an associate professor of political science at Syracuse University. He is the author of Human Rights under State-Enforces Religious Family Laws in Israel, Egypt, and India (Cambridge University Press, 2013). He previously taught at Harvard University, Princeton University, City University of New York, and the University of Washington. He has held consultancies with the UN Women, UNDP, WHO, USAID, and research positions at Princeton University, Columbia University, American University in Cairo, University of Delhi, and Bielefeld University.
| Program begins:
|| May 16, 2018
| Program ends:
|| June 22, 2018
| Application deadline:
|| February 20*
*Applications received after February 20 will be considered if there is still space in the program.
| UNDERGRADUATE (3 credits)
|| $3,891 (2019 rate)
| Program Fee
Additional Financial Information:
| GRADUATE (3 credits)
|| $4,860 (2019 rate)
| Program Fee
We estimate that students should budget accordingly for the following expenses:
Air travel: $1,400
Books & Supplies: $50
Lunches and other meals: $600
*Please note that there may be additional fees associated with this program if a visa is required.
These figures are for expenses not covered in the tuition or program fee and are paid out-of-pocket.
For questions on the application, please contact:
Myles Chalue, Admissions Counselor for Summer Programs (email@example.com
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