THE POLITICS OF INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS
Credit points: 15
This subject poses questions about the origins, the evolution, and the nature of the emerging global human rights order. Are human rights the product of a peculiarly European heritage? What was the relationship between French revolutionary declarations of rights and the ensuing terror? How has the language of rights been used by socialists, feminists, imperialists, anti-slavery campaigners and national liberation movements? How have notions of human rights been influenced by the legacy of the holocaust, the Cold War, decolonisation, the sexual revolution, the war on terror, and the rise of authoritarian great powers? Within a historical framework, the subject examines the interplay of ideas, civic activism, politics, and diplomacy. In the process, students will have an opportunity to evaluate the ideas of proponents and critics of universal rights, the different ways that states have responded to human rights, and the new pessimism that surrounds the prospects of human rights.
SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences
Subject Co-ordinatorRobert Horvath
Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes
Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG
Available as ElectiveYes
Learning ActivitiesArgumentative research essay; Take-home exam essay; tutorial engagement exercises
Prerequisites 15 credit points of any first year Politics or History subject, or subject coordinator's approval
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Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended
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Subject Instance Co-ordinatorRobert Horvath
LectureWeek: 10 - 22
One 2.00 h lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
TutorialWeek: 10 - 22
One 1.00 h tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
Short written tutorial comments and questions (equivalent to 500 words).
One 2,000 word argumentative research essay
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One 1,500 word take-home exam In format this will resemble the structure of the argumentative research essay, and students will have the opportunity to employ recommendations given by the examiner for the earlier exercise
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