The issue of human rights is not a new one. Instead, its roots can be traced to antiquity, beginning with the Magna Charta. However, the importance of human rights in global relations if a post-World War Two phenomenon. The genocidal acts committed by Hitler’s Germany placed human rights on the international agenda. Since then, the significance of human rights in the global system has grown. In addition, the study of human rights has become a major area of intellectual inquiry. Against this background, this course is designed to examine some of the major issues in the human rights field—ranging from the conceptual and methodological tool boxes to critical issues such as the right to work, the right to education, torture, genocide, the rights of women and children, minorities, indigenous peoples, and the responsibility to protect. Importantly, these issues will be examined within the context of morality, international law, and realpolitik.
Lecture Hours: 3.00 Lab Hours: 0Total Hours: 3.00