Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Geography of Human Rights has been my favorite course so far at UGA. I feel respected as a student by Dr. Ross, and she clearly recognizes the power college students hold, both in college and as my generation moves into the real world and begins to take control. Furthermore, we are learning about deeply important issues and it is information that I need to gain an understanding of in order to be successful in my field. Dr. Ross' journey into academia inspired me to let go of convention and follow the academic path that I am the most passionate about.
Dr. Ross was absent for the first portion of the course so we had a TA (Leann Purdum--she's incredible!!) and focused deeply on the issues of immigration around the US-Mexico border and extended into Latin American borders. It was different than I expected, and not the usual path for this course, but I learned a ton about an issue that I was previously relatively uninformed about. We also learned about many of the basic human rights concepts in the context of this case study, so to speak, and it was honestly just really enjoyable. Leann treated us with respect and wanted to do everything she could to make sure we got the most out of the course. My favorite assignments were writing 25 or 100 word summaries of entire readings--it sounds easy just because it is shorter than the 1-2 page reflections or summaries we sometimes turned in, but I found that kind of assignment to force me to really hone in on my key takeaways from those readings. Dr. Ross began her portion of the course with Latin America and the various rebellions that took place in some of those countries in the 20th century, focusing on human rights violations and the difference between war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide. We are now moving onto South Africa and the similarities and differences between their situation and various South American countries--and then will move on to Eastern Europe and Palestine. She has done an excellent job in our shorter time frame weaving together an explanation of human rights through various extremely pertinent case studies that many of us need to have an understanding of moving forward with our education.
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Take it! Do the readings, because they are important for your understanding of the material. We don't always have readings or other assignments, so when we do they are very important things to understand. This class has been highly influential on me deciding my future academic path and I highly recommend it!