Human Rights in Global Politics (POL2111.01)

Rotimi Suberu

Human rights are universal in principle, but often they are systematically violated in practice, especially in developing countries of the global South. This introductory course explores the international politics of human rights, with a particular focus on the developing world. Topics to be examined through lectures, written assignments, discussions, presentations, simulations and documentaries include: nature and development of contemporary international human rights instruments and institutions; contending liberal, statist, realist, relativist and non-western conceptions or critiques of human rights; theoretical frameworks for analyzing the structural causes, conditions and correlates of human rights violations; best practices in human rights investigation, reporting and measurements; politics of international humanitarian intervention; US foreign policy on human rights; new directions in international human rights practice; and profiles of contemporary icons of the international human rights movement, from Nelson Mandela to Malala Yousafzai to Amnesty International.

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of the course, you should be able to:
1. appreciate the idea and ideal of universal or international human rights as a concept in global politics;
2. understand contending theoretical and ideological perspectives (liberal, statist, realist, relativist, etc.) on international human rights;
3. identify and discuss the major international instruments and institutions for promoting universal human rights;
4. analyze various structural and institutional factors that are associated with violations of human rights;
5. evaluate and articulate diverse strategies for responding to violations of universal human rights.

Delivery Method: Fully in-person
Course Level: 2000-level
Credits: 4
T/F 8:30AM - 10:20AM (Full-term)
Maximum Enrollment: 20
Course Frequency: Every 2-3 years

Categories: All courses , CAPA , Fully In-Person , Politics
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