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San Jos é  State University                                                         Sociology Department                SOC 118, Sociology of Human Rights and Social Justice, Spring 2010 Instructor: Mitra Rokni Office Location: DMH 210 Telephone: 408-924-5788 Email: [email protected] Office Hours: TR 1:30-3:00 Class Days/Time: TR 10:30-11:45 Classroom: (DMH 234) Prerequisites: SOCI 001 or equivalent Faculty Web Page  Copies of the course materials such as the syllabus, major assignment handouts, etc. may be found on my  faculty web page accessible through the Quick Links>Faculty Web Page links on the SJSU home page  (http://www.sjsu.edu/people/mitra.rokni/).  Course Description  Analyze meanings and practices of human rights violation and promotion by exploring the social consequences  of issues such as war crime, sexism, migrant rights, and social displacement and by reflecting on prevailing and  alternative institutions for social justice. Course Goals and Student Learning Objectives Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to understand the meaning and requirements of  universal human rights, in a historical context, and critically reflect on the possible ways by which we can create  a better world based on ideals of true democracy and social justice.  Required Texts/Readings  Thom Hartmann. Unequal Protection. Darren J. O’Byrne. Human Rights. Course Name, Number, Semester, and Year Page 1 of 6
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Other Readings Additional readings will be provided during the semester. Classroom Protocol We are all travelers on this learning journey called life. Classroom is our shared educational space for learning,  understanding, discussing, and responding to one another as both students and teachers. To disregard the  importance of an active engagement in this learning process could create an atmosphere of apathy, silence,  and disrespect to the very spirit of education to overcome our individual and collective ignorance.  It is crucial for  students to take responsibility for their role in enhancing and creating the opportunities for a critical and civil  dialogue on the most pressing issues of our time.  Arriving on time, staying the whole period of a class time,  and turning off cell phones, laptops, and other electronic devices, is part of the civility needed for a  productive and engaged classroom.  A smart sense of humor and/or intelligent critical debate is always  welcome. But it is important to remember, at all times, that you are here to develop your critical mind, practical  skills, study, learn, and participate in building a better world. It is critical to develop a sense of social 
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