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2017/2018

Human Rights in Non-Western Societies

Type: Minor
When: 3, 4 module
Language: English
ECTS credits: 5

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course on “Human Rights in Non Western Societies” is a theoretical and legal query on the Human Rights laws, Universal Declaration on Human Rights in the post colonized countries and the level of adaptation, assimilation and engagement on the subject of Human Rights in the Non western societies. The course shall try to examine and understand through the theoretical test on the subject of Human rights compliance and the various sets of limitations (normative, cultural and customary laws etc) that does create a distinctive human rights ecosystem in different geographical regions of the world. The course shall also examine through the other meta-concepts such as governance and democracy the transitional trajectory of the human rights compliance and its acceptance in the transitional societies and “pendulum conditionality” and backsliding of democracy in the otherwise more democratic states.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • Know the major concepts of human rights, as well as public policy and social discourse
  • Understand how human rights could be interpreted in different cultural environments
  • Analyze what are the motives for framing particular issues as human rights issues
  • Understand to what extent cultural differences in the conception of human rights affect the universality of those rights as philosophical values or legal obligations
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Academic capacity to discern the different aspects of UDHR and their local and regional replications and aspirations
  • Compare issues with human rights in different regions and countries -Competently define priorities in analysis of human rights policy
  • Designing and implementation special strategies for human rights protection in different cultural background
  • Provide customized policy recommendation on the betterment and consolidation of the HR in different social and economic set up
  • The pressing issues of Human rights in the global south Vs Human rights in the OECD countries and the variation in prioritie
  • The role of post colonial literature on the debate of Human Rights
  • Working with primary data sources and literature on the problems of human rights
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction: Property and Human Rights in a Global Context
  • In Defence of the Universal declaration, Human Rights and Cultural Pluralism
  • Representing the common Good Good The limits of legal language
  • The possibility of non-religious human rights
  • The problem of secular sacredness
  • At the outer limits of human Rights Voids in the liberal paradigm
  • The UN and regional declarations and covenants on human rights
  • Students shall be equipped to explain the diversity of Human rights compliance in different parts of the world.
  • Human Rights in Weak, Divided, and Threatened State
  • Rights and wrongs without God A non-religious grounding for human rights in a pluralistic world
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Active participation
  • non-blocking Final paper
  • non-blocking Group presentation
  • non-blocking Midterm paper
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.1 * Active participation + 0.4 * Final paper + 0.2 * Group presentation + 0.3 * Midterm paper
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Horowitz, S. A., & Schnabel, A. (2004). Human Rights and Societies in Transition : Causes, Consequences, Responses. New York: United Nations University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=107754
  • YUSUF, A. A. (2013). Human Rights : a Third World perspective.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Besirevic, Z. (2018). Human Rights and Dignity: In between Morality and Culture.
  • Dallmayr, F. (2002). "Asian Values " and Global Human Rights. Philosophy East & West, 52(2), 173. https://doi.org/10.1353/pew.2002.0025