Phone 214.240.4503

25 Highland Park Village, Suite 100-810
Dallas, TX 75205

Human Rights and Conflict Engagement will be offered through the Southern Methodist University Master of Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management program during the Summer 2018 term. The course is available for credit for SMU Master of Dispute Resolution students and Master of Liberal Studies students or may be audited.

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The premise of human rights is that every person is entitled to certain fundamental rights, simply by the fact of being human. These fundamental rights are considered inherent to all human beings, regardless of race, sex, nationality, ethnicity, language, religion, or any other status. Human rights include, but are not limited to, the right to life and liberty, freedom from slavery and torture, freedom of opinion and expression, and the right to work and education. The assertion of human rights is that all people are entitled to these rights without discrimination, and yet, entitlement does not equate to the actualization of these rights. Often the core of protracted conflict is the violation of human rights and/or the deprivation of basic human needs.

In this course, students will learn the history and philosophy of human rights as well as conflict resolution and conflict management theories that prepare conflict engagers for developing effective strategies and frameworks for navigating rights-based and needs-based conflicts. We will explore rights-based conflicts within the context health care, the workplace, education, immigration, criminal justice, etc. The course is conducted through onsite class instruction, online discussions, videos, guest speakers, student presentations, and group simulations.

All classes will be held at the SMU Center for Dispute Resolution
5236 Tennyson Parkway
Plano, Texas 75024

Dates and Times
Weekend Seminar
Friday, July 6, 4pm to 9pm
Saturday, July 7, 8am to 5pm
Sunday, July 8, 8am to 5pm

Friday, July 13, 4pm to 9pm
Saturday, July 14, 8am to 5pm
Sunday, July 15, 8am to 5pm