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  Spring, 2002

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TEACHING HUMAN RIGHTS ONLINE WINS APSA WEB AWARD

The American Political Science Association Information Technology and Politics Section selected THRO as this year's best web site in political science. The award was presented at the APSA annual meeting in San Francisco on September 1.

THRO provides six free online exercises and interactive study guides for use as course modules in political science, international relations, area studies, philosophy, history, and women’s studies; as well as professional classes in law, education, and business.

1. A JUST WAR? PRESIDENT CLINTON’S RESPONSE TO KOSOVO
Spanish and French translations online: żUna Guerra Justa? and Une Guerre Juste?
2. THE INTERNATIONAL COURT OF JUSTICE CONSIDERS GENOCIDE: Bosnia v. Yugoslavia
3. RAPE AND GENOCIDE IN RWANDA: The ICTR's Akayesu Verdict
4. Slavery in Burma? Doe v. Unocal
5. PRIME MINISTER RAO'S DILEMMA: TERRORISM AND HUMAN RIGHTS IN INDIA
6. Shah Bano: Muslim Women’s Rights

Students who work the problems online or on CD-ROM receive immediate, individualized feedback to forced choice and short answer self assessment questions designed to enhance critical thinking skills. Each peer-reviewed case can also be printed from a single file for use in hardcopy.

Case teaching notes explain how to use the online modules for in-class discussion and collaborative learning simulation exercises supported by email and electronic bulletin board communication. A global network of THRO associates conducts online text and H.323 internet videoconference simulations and discussions between students from different colleges in the U.S. and abroad. Actual rather than hypothetical human rights disputes are used to promote cross cultural communication with asynchronous and synchronous text, audio, and video software.

Faculty at over twenty universities have used THRO exercises that challenge students to make informed, well reasoned choices in classes on International Governance, Ethics and International Relations, Comparative Government, Human Rights, Modern World History, Critical Thinking, Philosophy of Law, Women’s Rights, Educational Philosophy, and Social Change.

University of Cincinnati Political Science Professor Howard Tolley, Jr. directs the project in collaboration with Professor Dan Wheeler, College of Education, and Bert Lockwood, Jr. Director, Urban Morgan Institute for Human Rights, College of Law and Editor in Chief of the Human Rights Quarterly. A global network currently includes faculty associates in Australia, India, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom and ten U.S. states.

The project has received grant support from the U.S. institute of Peace and the Ohio Learning Network. The American Political Science Association Information Technology and Politics Section selected THRO as the best web site in political science for 2001. THRO cases are published as an electronic journal, ISSN 1529-2207, © All rights reserved. Individuals interested in assisting with case development, peer review, pilot tests, assessment, and training workshops should contact Howard.Tolley@uc.edu