Human Rights in Global Fashion: Value Chains, Workers, Corporate Accountability, and Systems Design

Schools of Public Engagement: International Affairs

Liberal Arts

Undergraduate Course

Graduate Course

Degree Students

Human Rights in Global Fashion

Spring 2021

Taught By: Sakiko Fukuda-Parr and Mary Watson

Section: A

CRN: 6556

Credits: 0

This course is being co-taught by Sakiko Fukuda-Parr and Mary Watson. Linking consumers and workers in distant places, fashion has long been home to some of the most glaring inequalities and injustices on an increasingly globalized scale, linking consumers and workers in distant places. Since the 19th century, the clothing sector has also been a site of social contestation that has been marked by struggles for worker rights, the rise of social movements, the exercise of corporate power, and the fallibility of national governments. It has also been a source of innovation in public policy, corporate accountability, monitoring –processes that have led to new 21st century designs of the industry itself. This course provides an introductory overview of the key obstacles, actors, rules, and methods for crafting innovative solutions in social mobilization, legal intervention, and design with the aim of creating a more socially sustainable and economically inclusive fashion – a fashion that fulfills the human rights of workers in the supply chain. The course achieves this aim by analyzing (i) actors, power, and finance in the global value chain in the fashion industry; (ii) international and local standards and institutions - including workers’ human rights, corporate obligations and accountability; (iii) social movements and international networks mobilizing worker power; (iv) monitoring and labeling schemes mobilizing consumer power; (v) and finding design solutions and technological systems that fulfill worker rights amidst new conceptions of industry design. The course will include lectures by faculty from SPE/GPIA, Parsons Fashion, and NSSR as well as invited speakers.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: International Affairs (NINT)

Campus: New York City (GV)

Sync Type: N/A

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 5

Add/Drop Deadline: February 1, 2021 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: May 10, 2021 (Monday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Open*

*Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 8:41am 9/24/2020 EDT

Meeting Info:

Days: Wednesday

Times: 6:00pm - 7:50pm

Building: Johnson/Kaplan 66 West 12th

Room: 404

Date Range: 1/20/2021 - 5/5/2021