Are human rights expanding or contracting worldwide? In this tutorial, we will trace the global spread of human rights rhetoric, law, and enforcement over time and across societies, and we will examine the effectiveness of a variety of curtail human rights abuses. We will focus especially, but not exclusively, on human rights surrounding gender and sexuality, which are at the heart of contemporary international conflicts. During the semester, students will build on this acquired knowledge by conducting their own qualitative research projects on human rights within a country of their choosing.