• Application Deadline
  • 2 months
    Duration
The Human Rights and World Literature course offered by Stanford Summer first presents some basic readings in human rights-providing the historical background and documents we need to understand modern human rights work from an historical and legal angle.
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Overview

International students who require a Stanford-sponsored I-20 visa must maintain a minimum of 8 units throughout the Summer Quarter.

Stanford Summer Session provides high-achieving and ambitious students a transformative educational experience at a world-class university. 

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Program highlights

The Human Rights and World Literature course is offered by Stanford Summer.

Human rights may be universal, but each appeal comes from a specific location with its own historical, social, and cultural context.

This summer we will turn to literary narratives and films from a wide number of global locations to help us understand human rights; each story taps into fundamental beliefs about justice and ethics, from an eminently human and personal point of view. What does it mean not to have access to water, education, free speech, for example?

This course has two components. The first will be a set of readings on the history and ethos of modern human rights. These readings will come from philosophy, history, political theory. 

The second, and major component is comprised of novels and films that come from different locations in the world, each telling a compelling story. 

We will come away from this class with a good introduction to human rights history and philosophy and a set of insights into a variety of imaginative perspectives on human rights issues from different global locations. 

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Readings include: 

  • Amnesty International, Freedom: Stories Celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • Human Rights: A Very Short Introduction 
  • That the World May Know
  • In the Light of Justice
  • The Hungry Tide; Bessie Head, Maru
  • The Word for World is Forest

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    7

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  • Minimum required score:

    100

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General Requirements

International students who require a Stanford-sponsored I-20 visa must maintain a minimum of 8 units throughout the Summer Quarter.

  • Original I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Nonimmigrant F-1 Student Status)
  • I-901 SEVIS Fee Receipt
  • Stanford University's Stanford Summer Session Admission Letter (available online within the Stanford Summer Session applicant status page)
  • Original Proof of Funding Document
  • F-1 Visa (this is the visa stamp attached to your passport by the U.S. Embassy)
  • Passport

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1175 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1175 USD per credit and a duration of 2 months.
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Tuition fee does not include:

  • Application fee
  • Housing and meals
  • Healthcare coverage plan
  • Visa I-20 Sponsorship fee

Living costs for Stanford

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

Funding

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