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February 28, 2015

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Combining HRHD With Other Programs

While HRHD will give you a firm grouding in matters related to human rights and human diversity, it still leaves lots of room for you to pursue your other interests.

Room to Pursue Your Other Interests:
  • The Honours program takes up only 10 of the 20 credits you need to graduate. The Combined Honours takes up 7 of 20 credits.

  • If you pursue the combined Honours program, you combine it with another Combined Honours program.

  • Students are strongly advised to seekacademic advising early to determine how and whether the specific programs, options, and minors they are interested in can be successfully completed within a typical four years of study (i.e., 5.0 credits/year). Selecting first-year courses wisely can avoid fourth-year frustrations.
Complementary Combinations: Combined Honours Programs & Options
  • How do we ensure that individuals actually enjoy human rights? One of the most popular ways is to use the law and legal system to regulate governmental and social behaviour and to punish violators. If you're interested in how law develops, how it shapes society and how society is shaped by law, including human rights law, then you might consider combining HRHD with LAW AND SOCIETY.

  • Human rights violations and discrimination against minorities are often (or should be) treated as crimes. If you want to explore this further, consider combiningCRIMINOLOGY and HRHD.

  • Some people just aren't willing to wait around for governments or corporations to put human dignity into practice. Some people believe governments and corporations won't do much unless non-governmental organizations are created to pressure them do the right thing. Some people would rather just get out to the front line and start making the world a better place today. Are you one of those people? If you are, combining the LEADERSHIP Option with HRHD might be best for you.

  • So you're thinking about a more traditional career. Maybe a little closer to home. Maybe administration, business,or a career in health management. Knowing more about human rights and human diversity wouldn't be any use in this area, would it? Think it might. Consider combining HEALTH STUDIES OR HEALTH ADMINISTRATION and HRHD.

  • What does psychology have to do with HRHD? Well, to begin with human rights violations and cultural discrimination don't happen by and of themselves. People make them happen. And people make them happen because they form intentions in their minds (Psyche). Why and how do individuals become torturers, racists, participants in genocide? If we can't answer these questions, it's hard to see how we'll ever really put an end to this behaviour. Do these sound like questions you'd like to wrestle with? If so, consider PSYCHOLOGY and HRHD.

  • Today governments and individuals claim they are concerned about human dignity. Today there is an international human rights movement. Today massive historical migrations are occuring that are changing the cultural makeups of societies around the world. It wasn't always so. If we want to make the world better tomorrow, we need to understand how it became the way it is today. Sound interesting? Think about HISTORY and HRHD.

  • Not everything that's important to understand can be learned from textbooks and factual descriptions. Think, for instance, about humiliation, oppression, marginalization, torture, slavery, learning how to fit into a new society as a refugee. The best way to understand these experiences is to live them. But, of course, we all can't (and don't necessarily want) to live them ourselves. Literature, however, has the capacity to help us understand what it is like to be people in situations radically different from our own. Charles Dickens helps us understand what it was like to experience 19th Century capitalism as apoor person in England, Harriet Beecher Stowe helped put an end to slavery when she wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin. Whose writing about the social issues that need attention today? Who will write about them tomorrow? Maybe someone who graduates with a degree in ENGLISH and HRHD.

  • Before people can do anything about a Human Rights crisis or respond to discrimination, they have to know it's happening. Maybe you're the person to tell them about it! Consider DIGITAL MEDIA AND JOURNALISM and HRHD.

  • Minors are vulnerable in every society. They need protection, and they also need guidance to become adults capable of exercising their freedom responsibly. Are you a person who can help? Consider YOUTH & CHILDREN'S STUDIES and HRHD.

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