Current Legal Problems: Interdisciplinary Human Rights Studies (Truth and Reconciliation)

Current Legal Problems: Interdisciplinary Human Rights Studies (Truth and Reconciliation)

The University of Manitoba Centre for Human Rights Research is organizing a 2016-17 seminar series called Critical Conversations on Truth and Reconciliation. It will feature University of Manitoba researchers and others from a range of disciplines. The seminar series will be co-ordinated by Prof. Aimee Craft, Faculty of Law. CHRR has organized four previous seminar series related to the CHRR’s focus areas: Critical Conversations on Indian Residential Schools and Truth and Reconciliation (2010-11), Critical Conversations on The Idea of a Human Rights Museum (2011-12), Critical Conversations on First Nations and the Right to Water and Critical Conversations on Sexual and Reproductive Rights (2013-14). See our website for details, including written summaries and podcasts of previous seminars.

Seminar topics may include Indian Residential Schools litigation, Indigenous concepts of reconciliation, decolonizing archives, visual and literary representations of the Indian residential school experience, understanding denial of mass atrocities, and harm and reparations.

Teaching Method 

Law students and graduate students in other disciplines can register for LAW 3980. Masters (and even some PhD) students in other disciplines may also be able to obtain course credit in their home disciplines for participation in the Critical Conversations series either through an Independent Research Credit.  Students will be expected to attend all of the Tuesday seminars throughout in the winter term and to make an attempt to attend seminars and other events that are scheduled outside of the Tuesday time slot, such as a visit to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights.

Course Work and Evaluation 

Law students will be required to attend all the Critical Conversations on Truth and Reconciliation and they will be expected to do the readings recommended by presenters.  The seminars will be held on (more or less) alternate Tuesdays during the winter term, and registrants will not be permitted to register in a timetable-conflicted course.

In addition to writing a research paper (worth 85% of the final grade) that meets the Faculty of Law’s requirements for a “perspectives” course, students will be graded on participation (worth 15% of the final grade).  The paper will be due on the last day of classes in April.  Students are expected to meet regularly with Prof. Craft to discuss their paper and students may hand in a draft paper for feedback no later than 3 weeks before the due date.  Participation grades will be based on preparation, attendance and participation in the bi-weekly seminars; participation in the inter-disciplinary cohort events; inviting other students to come to the seminars and engaging them in discussions on the issues.

Materials:  Those delivering seminars will be asked to provide readings and these readings will be posted on line.  Those enrolled in the course will be expected to have read the materials in advance of the seminars.

Enrollment:  LIMITED TO 18 STUDENTS.

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