Switzerland, Amsterdam, NYC: Reporting on Human Rights!

Switzerland Amsterdam and NYC





Program Description 

Those who are passionate about human rights reporting have their work cut out for them and this FLP will put you in the top cities where human rights and social justices issues are center stage. Start in New York City and visit Liberty and Ellis Islands, Human Rights Watch, and the United Nations. Learn from top advocates and policymakers. Develop news and media content about pressing human rights issues such as US fair housing, gender-based discrimination, and LGBTQI protections.

Then fly to Amsterdam in the Netherlands and visit The Hague where the Peace Palace and the International Criminal Court are located.  Learn from leading human rights professors at Utrecht University. Create photo essays, videos and conduct research on critical human rights cases at the ICC.

After that, take a train through the French countryside to Geneva, Switzerland where you will connect with leading Human Rights organizations including the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. Record a podcast, produce a short documentary film or any other creative media or research project.

This is a great program for Journalism, Human Rights, Sociology majors/ minors and many others. Learn about some of the most important issues facing our modern age, and venture out into the world to meet these problems head-on as a human rights advocate, researcher or journalist. Investigate the historical and social contexts of human rights movements, including the roles of culture, identity, political economy, and international law in three different countries. Multimedia and/ or journalism skills desired but not required. Pre-departure meetings/ classes will include basic training in media writing and production skills.


MCOM 180ITL (3 units)

JMC International Experience

Through international study students will examine globalization models to gain a global perspective on geopolitical and economic issues, media and integrated strategic communications, explore the concepts of global citizenship and global corporate citizenship, and learn how to analyze cultural differences. Prerequisite: SJSU upper division undergraduate or graduate student, or by instructor's permission. 

3 units



Program Leader: Halima Kazem-Stojanovic

Halima Kazem-Stojanovic is an investigative journalist and filmmaker who specializes in reporting on human rights and social justice issues. Halima teaches journalism and human rights at San Jose State University and is finishing her Ph.D. in Feminist Studies and Social Documentary film at the University of California Santa Cruz. She has been a journalist for 20 years and spent almost a decade reporting on the war and rebuilding efforts in Afghanistan.  Her work has been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, the San Francisco Chronicle, Al Jazeera, and more. Halima’s Ph.D. research focuses on the development and impact of women’s rights and gender reform programs, as part of human rights agendas, in conflict or post-conflict countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq.

Halima’s reporting assignments and her love of traveling have led her to New Zealand, Croatia, Italy, Egypt, Turkey, Uzbekistan, India, Dubai, Greece, Germany, and many more countries. This is Halima’s fourth year leading a study abroad trip for SJSU students.  In previous years she guided students through Germany, Italy, and Greece to study Europe’s refugee crisis.

Halima has worked as a human rights researcher for the United Nations, Human Rights Watch, and Amnesty International. She is the recipient of a 2002 Scripps-Howard for journalistic excellence, a published children’s book author and a documentary filmmaker. Halima has a BS in Journalism from San Jose State University and a MA in Business and Economic Journalism from New York University.


Email: halima.kazem@sjsu.edu



It is important to note that each program's total cost will vary depending on the location and the package it offers.  

$750 SJSU Special Session Tuition ($250 per unit)
$200 Administrative Fee 
$3,765 Program fees, lodging, class materials and class related tours approximately*
$4,715  Total Program Cost


* Airfare is not included.  


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