Human Rights from a Latin American Perspective

IDS 2935
Section 1JM2
Class 22905
Freshman Quest Seminar

Days/times: Tuesdays 1:55 - 3:50 pm; Thursdays 1:55 - 2:45 pm
Location: Matherly 0014

Course description

What are the rights that all humans are expected to share? When, where and how did the idea of human rights start and how did it evolve? What are some of the challenges that Latin Americans have confronted to claim these rights? This class explores theoretical and empirical debates on human rights from the perspectives of history, anthropology, literary theory and political science. Once students acquire a solid foundation on the topic, they apply it to a team based mini ethnography on a human rights problem of their choice affecting Latin America or the Latinx community. They identify a researchable question that pertains to human rights in these communities and use qualitative and interpretive methods to gather evidence and reach reasoned conclusions. Students learn through first-hand experience the ethical dimensions of doing research and how research can have an impact on society. Finally, they compare Latin American and Latinx understandings and struggles for human rights with US perspectives.


Carmen Martinez Novo smallCarmen Martínez Novo
Center for Latin American Studies
Department of Anthropology
Grinter 382
Tel: 352-273-4716
Fax: 352-392-7682

Research Interests

Race and ethnicity, political anthropology, indigenous politics and rights, political ecology, anthropology of the state and elites, “study up” and collaborative methodologies

Geographic Expertise

Ecuador, Andes, Amazon, Mexico