Human Rights Education

This eight-module section engages students in the intellectual, emotional and ethical consideration of universal human rights, through researching pertinent historical information and applying lessons learned to contemporary contexts.  Students study the Universal Declaration on Human Rights as well as other important human rights conventions and learn about the role of the International Criminal Court and the topic of genocide.  This section guides students through a broad range of case studies, including the organized and sanctioned art theft by the Nazis during  World War II, the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commissions,  the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, and various United Nations Peacekeeping Missions.  Each module approaches a different angle related to human rights, from the need for constructive development after the devastation of civil war to the power of music as an expression of social protest, compassion and solidarity.  Interactive instructional methodologies and collaborative learning opportunities deepen students’ understanding of history and promote application of fundamental precepts to current issues, at school and in the world.  

Middle School
Module 1 - Universal Human Rights
Module 2 - Justice and Humanity

High School
Module 1 - Human Rights and Genocide
Module 2 - Justice and History
Module 3 - Stolen Art and Restitution
Module 4 - Music and Social Protest
Module 5 - Post-Conflict Challenges
Module 6 - Peacekeeping