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Merryfield, Merry M.; Badang, Germain; Bragg, Christina; Kvasov, Aleksandr; Taylor, Nathan; Waliaula, Anne; Yamaguchi, Misato – Social Education, 2012
The study of human rights is inseparable from social studies. Beyond the basic political, economic, and social freedoms and rights spelled out in The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, hundreds of specialized topics have developed that demonstrate the complex nature of human rights in the twenty-first-century world--environmental exploitation…
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS), Civil Rights, Foreign Countries
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Landorf, Hilary – Social Education, 2012
A study of human rights prepares students for their role as global citizens and their study of practices in the world's countries that relate to the rights of human beings. Today, when one talks of human rights it is usually with reference to the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). It is the task of teachers to give students the…
Descriptors: Educational Opportunities, Civil Rights, Human Dignity, Teaching Methods
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O'Brien, Ed – Social Education, 2004
In this article, the author examines another dimension of human rights--the problem of torture. He looks at U.S. commitments to international conventions prohibiting torture in light of the abuses at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. He shows how a position adopted by the Bush administration that these international conventions did not apply to the war…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Terrorism, Military Personnel, Civil Rights
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Cooper, Michael – Social Education, 1998
Outlines the history of the ideals and enactment of the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Includes a discussion of the origins of the concept of human rights, the impact of World War II, the role of nongovernmental organizations, and the process of drafting and adopting the UDHR. (DSK)
Descriptors: Civil Liberties, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Policy, History
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O'Brien, Ed – Social Education, 1999
Asserts that educators need to teach about human rights issues, such as social and economic rights, in the social studies curriculum because these issues are disregarded throughout the country. Defines human rights, discusses the importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), and provides two lessons. (CMK)
Descriptors: Civil Liberties, Consciousness Raising, Educational Change, Ideology
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Ross, Loretta J.; Gupta, Meghna – Social Education, 1998
Discusses the purpose and focus of human-rights education. Traces the definition of human rights, emphasizing the role of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Compares the U.S. record on human rights against the UDHR. Suggests that human-rights education is limited, and offers ideas for improvement (DSK)
Descriptors: Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, Comparative Analysis, Definitions
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Reardon, Betty A. – Social Education, 1994
Asserts that, in teaching about human rights, the international standards should be the fundamental core of the content and values to be communicated. Recommends that teachers should use the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as the standard by which the actions of individuals and governments should be compared. (CFR)
Descriptors: Citizen Role, Citizenship Education, Citizenship Responsibility, Civil Liberties
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Menon, Bhaskar P. – Social Education, 1989
Provides a brief history of the development of the United Nations. Identifies achievements of the United Nations in the promotion of human rights, the translation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights into binding international covenants, and the establishment of monitoring mechanisms to ensure the protection of human rights. (KO)
Descriptors: Background, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, History