To encourage new curricular pathways, Stanford Global Studies (SGS) provides grants to support courses that creatively engage students in learning about global issues. Next year course innovation grants will support two new Human Rights courses: Innovations in Technology and Human Rights Institutions, taught by Professor Beth Van Schaack, that includes a field trip to Colombia; and Advanced Spanish Immersion and Asylum Law at the U.S.-Mexico Border, taught by Vivian Brates, which includes a service experience at a family detention center near the U.S.-Mexico border. These innovative courses offer unique methods of engagement while enabling students to think about complex global issues.
“One of our priorities at SGS is to provide ways for students from across the university to learn about issues of regional and global importance, be it through coursework, internships, research opportunities, or study abroad,” says SGS Director Jeremy M. Weinstein, who established a series of Course Innovation Grants last year. “Our goal is to engage students with these topics—regardless of their field of study—to better equip them for the global issues they will encounter in their careers beyond Stanford.”
The Handa Center received a course innovation grant from SGS in 2017-18 for Director David Cohen’s course, Human Rights in Historical Perspective.