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ANTH 317 - Anthropology and Human Rights

  • 3 credits
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This course examines human rights from the perspective of cultural anthropology through its theoretical and practical dimensions. It addresses contemporary human rights debates within the context of cultural plurality in a globalized world. We will engage the intersection between global dynamics and community experiences by addressing the human rights dimensions of refugees and migration, indigenous communities, women and children, health, and religious practices, among others.

Prerequisite

ANTH 100 (Introduction to Cultural Anthropology) or ANTH 200 (Cultures and the Global System)

Textbooks and Materials

Section 801

Required

  • Human Rights: Politics and Practice, 3rd Ed. (2016)
    Goodhart, Michael
    ISBN: 978-0198708766
  • Human Rights: An Anthropological Reader (2008)
    Goodale, Mark
    ISBN: 978-1405183345

Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.

Instructors

Dr. Teresa Tellechea
Dr. Teresa Tellechea

9703109137 | teresa.tellechea@colostate.edu

Dr. Teresa Tellechea is a Cultural Anthropologist originally from Madrid, Spain, where she completed her BA in Philosophy and Ph.D. in Socio-Cultural Anthropology at Autonomous University of Madrid. She completed her doctoral coursework and research at CU Boulder for her dissertation on the intercultural aspects of disability in the United States. She has spent more than twenty years applying ethnographic tools to issues in different fields, including public and mental health, agriculture, criminal justice, education, and foreign affairs. She enjoys bringing her professional experience to her classes in the Anthropology Department. Dr. Tellechea’s applied work has focused on the socio-cultural dimensions of health disparities, human rights, and social injustice faced by minoritized groups. She has a keen interest in social documentary, having worked on visual ethnographic projects for State Department-sponsored Young Iraqi Leadership Program, West Bank Refugee Camp project through United Nations, and freelance work on the front lines of the Balkan War. Before a brief return to Colorado, Dr. Tellechea advised U.S. Embassy officials in identifying and understanding political, religious, and civil society trends and developments in Sri Lanka and the Maldives. Afterward, she worked in Saudi Arabia for two years where she co-founded the Saudi Women Intercultural Networking Group dedicated to connecting Saudi women with non-Saudi women through art and culture. Subsequently, Dr. Tellechea moved to Perú where she collaborated with a non-profit organization focused on indigenous communities in the Peruvian Amazon region. She was also involved in ensuring U.S. citizens incarcerated in Lima were treated in accordance with international human rights conventions. She is temporarily residing in Washington, DC preparing for her next endeavor in Nicaragua.