Human Rights: A Brief Introduction

Human Rights (HR) is a concept with a long history, but it has only became widely embraced after the establishment of the United Nations in 1945. In this course, we will begin with an examination of the origins and development of the concept of HR. Secondly, we will look at the codification of HR in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948). Finally, we will consider the strengths and weaknesses of HR, both as a concept and in its contemporary application in international politics. No prior study of International Relations / International Law is necessary to benefit from this course.


SUGGESTED READING
United Nations, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, United Nations (1948). Available online at: https://www.un.org/en/universal-declaration-human-rights/


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Introduction to the concept of Human Rights (HR): history and purpose.
  • The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948).
  • Strengths and weaknesses of Human Rights, both in theory and in practice.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Understand the origins of the concept of Human Rights (HR).
  2. Comprehend the role of international institutions, such as the UN, in upholding HR.
  3. Appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of HR.
$20 Limited

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