The purpose of this course is to introduce students of international relations to human rights. Clearly, it is not possible to cover every conceivable area of human rights. Rather, I will give you a survey of the law and then we will dig a little deeper in connection with a few, very politically salient, legal issues, for instance, freedom from want as an aspect of human security, women's rights, and children's rights. I intend to appeal to your compassion. But, by the end of the course, I hope you will also grasp why it is on our best interests both to observe human rights law and to promote it as the universal standard of international behavior.