World Learning, SIT International Honors Program
SIT Study Abroad
International Honors Program
Human Rights: Foundations, Challenges, and Advocacy
Job Announcement: Traveling Faculty 2013 and 2014
The International Honors Program (IHP), a program of World Learning/School for International Training, offers international, comparative study abroad programs for university students. We are currently seeking four to six traveling faculty members to join an interdisciplinary team of faculty, fellows, and host country coordinators for IHP’s Human Rights: Foundations, Challenges, and Advocacy program.
We seek two to three “traveling faculty” to travel full-time and teach during the Fall semester of 2013 and two to three to do the same in the Spring semester of 2014. Faculty may apply to work both semesters if they wish, or hire on for just one semester per year but the work and the travel that goes with it is very demanding; thus back to back semesters is not advised. The number of faculty in each semester team will be determined by candidates’ ability and preference to teach one or two courses, or to team-teach one course in addition to a primary course.
Each four-month program will take approximately 30 students from top-tier U.S. colleges and universities to three countries to do inter-disciplinary research from a comparative perspective.
The itineraries for the 2013-2014 academic year are as follows:
Fall 2013(Early September to mid-December): United States program launch in New York City (two weeks)Nepal (four weeks), Jordan (four weeks), and Chile (five weeks). Specific itineraries in each country are in development.
Spring 2014 (Late January to mid May) Same itinerary as above.
Human Rights: Foundations, Challenges, and Advocacy
This newly launched program will examine the following fundamental questions: What rights are common to all human beings? How are these rights enshrined, exercised, and safeguarded? What are the respective roles of the individual, civil society organizations, and sovereign states in identifying and defending rights? The program will spend time in four different countries. This comparative approach will highlight cultural variations in individual rights related to political freedoms and expression, underrepresented minority groups, and gender equity, among others.
For each semester, we are seeking a complementary team of three traveling faculty members who will each teach one course and co-teach a methods and fieldwork seminar. The courses are open to some faculty interpretation and redesign. The classes are the following:
Foundation and Framework of Human Rights
(HMRT 3000 / 4 credits / 60 hours)
Using the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its historical antecedents as a foundation, this course asks the fundamental questions of what rights are common to all human beings and how they are enshrined, exercised, and safeguarded. It focuses on the intellectual evolution of modern human rights endeavors since World War II, and explores the development of international laws and the creation of national and supranational institutions that enforce these laws. Particular attention is paid to the insertion of dominant human rights discourse into the developing country context. The course defines “human rights” from the broad perspective of political, economic, social, cultural, and religious freedom.
Comparative Issues in Human Rights
(HMRT 3500 / 4 credits/ 60 hours)
Through selected readings, focused discussions, and case studies, this course critically considers current human rights challenges. Chief among them are the conflicts between national sovereignty and human rights, such as interventions for humanitarian purposes and to prevent crimes against humanity; how universal rights are balanced against particular values rooted in culture, ethnicity, and religion; and how national governments affirm and protect human rights yet simultaneously limit and abuse them in politics, economics, and other areas. Human rights issues raised by globalization are examined, particularly labor standards and conditions, migration, and the accountability of multinational corporations. Students will interact with individual activists, members of civil society organizations, and officials of adjudicating institutions in three countries; this comparative approach highlights cultural variations in individual rights related to political freedoms and expression, underrepresented minority groups, and gender equity.
The Role of Civil Society: Grassroots Movements and Nongovernmental Organizations
(SDIS 3320 / 4 credits / 60 hours)
This course focuses on the practical aspects of advocating and safeguarding human rights by organizations that comprise the third sector, civil society. Through case studies, interviews, and visits to local organizers of such groups, students learn how advocacy movements are launched and developed, as well as strategies to navigate legal, political, and public arenas. The course contrasts the role and the effectiveness of grassroots organizations with those of governmental, private sector, and supranational stakeholders. Students will meet with local activists and officials who advocate for various human rights agendas to learn about successful and unsuccessful campaigns and to evaluate the use of inquiries, documentation, public outreach, legal action, and other approaches to protecting rights.
Fieldwork Ethics and Comparative Research Methods (may be team-taught)
(ANTH 3500 / 4 credits / 60 hours)
This course provides students with the theoretical, conceptual, and practical knowledge for gathering, analyzing, and interpreting information from a range of primary sources. It offers insights for assessing students’ own cultural assumptions and for understanding other cultures. Students are familiarized with the World Learning/SIT Human Subjects Review Policy. The course is the foundation for a cumulative study project involving research in four countries and culminating in a paper and presentation at the end of the semester.
Students will interact with academics, individual activists, members of civil society organizations, and officials of adjudicating institutions as they focus on the practical aspects of advocating and safeguarding human rights. A course in fieldwork ethics and research methods will equip students with knowledge about how to gather, analyze, and interpret information from a range of primary sources.
IHP’s learning model is grounded in experiential theory, as well as critical inquiry and analysis, in an attempt to bring those skills to bear on particular places and themes. It also provides continuous opportunities for students l to interact with a variety of local actors representing different and competing interests, and to situate political claims in contexts of unequal access to resources, infrastructure, and political representation.
The ideal candidates should have:
· A Ph.D. or terminal degree in a relevant field such as: Anthropology, Sociology, Human Geography, History, Law, etc., or an M.A. with a specific focus on Human Rights and several years experience working in a relevant fields such as journalism, policy advocacy, or planning.
· Experience living and working abroad, preferably in the Global South.
· The ability to work closely with a small team.
· Expertise in one or two of the topic areas listed above and general knowledge ofhuman rights advocacy work.
· Experience teaching at the college level and a commitment to experiential learning, including dialogical and field-based methods.
· The physical stamina, emotional maturity, mental health and flexibility, and personal qualities of patience, adaptability, collegiality, cross-cultural competence, and organization that are needed to build an intensive, team-oriented study abroad program that covers four countries in three months.
· The ability and desire to support and communicate with students throughout the study abroad experience both in and outside of the classroom.
More information about IHP and the Human Rights program is available through our website: http://www.sit.edu/studyabroad/overview_hrc.cfm .
To apply: Please visit the World Learning employment website http://www.worldlearning.org/268.htmand apply via the online application system by uploading your letter of interest and CV (including the contact information of three academic references). Travelling with students for four months, and guiding their learning in the Global South, as well as conducting classroom discussions and small-group seminars, presents unique challenges and demands particular qualities. Please consider this carefully in your letter of interest, paying special attention to how you would handle the conceptual, pedagogical, intercultural and interpersonal demands working in IHP’sHuman Rights: Foundations, Challenges, and Advocacy program. Specifically, what in your academic background and work experience has prepared you to do this job? Why this job instead of a more traditional academic job? Please indicate your preference for fall or spring semester.
Deadline: May 15, 2013 or until filled.
To apply: Please visit the World Learning employment website http://www.worldlearning.org/268.htmand apply via the online application system by uploading your letter of interest and CV (including the contact information of three academic references)