Human Rights in Globalizing World
- After explaining how the concept of human rights has a history marked by philosophical controversies, and how understanding those controversies within an interdisciplinary framework helps us to illuminate the state of human rights today, we track the development of a liberal and secular perspective on human rights
- We then discuss the role of the social sciences in understanding human rights, and explain why we cannot reduce human rights to legal analysis. We also discuss the relationship between culture and human rights – including the problems of cultural imperialism and cultural relativism, and the relationship between human rights and minority rights, the rights of indigenous people, women’s rights and the right to self-determination. Another important area of focus in this course is the politics of human rights, and the influence of human rights on politics.
- We examine not only nation-state centered paradigms but also those that give greater attention to transnational networks of actors, including social movements, and NGOs
- Generally, we attempt to assess how globalization and development is impacting human rights today, and the power (if any) that human rights have to shape the unfolding process of globalization and the institutions sustaining it.
- Know the major concepts of public policy and social discourse, as well as human rights theories
- Be able to discuss and reproduce these concepts and theories, be able to find relations between them and analyze them
- Be able to identify targets, decision-makers, benefactors and other actors involved into human rights issues, their motives, strategies and methods
- Understand who gains, and what are the motives, for framing particular issues as human rights issues
- Be able to recognize important human rights problems, analyze them and suggest possible ways of solving them
- Understand to what extent cultural differences in the conception of human rights affect the universality of those rights as philosophical values or legal obligations.
- Introduction to the concept of Human Rights in modern world and discussion of Globalization.
- Human Rights: Main Documents (Bill of Rights, Declaration of Rights of the Man and Citizen, Universal Declaration of Human Rights)
- Human rights and Genocide in XX century: Armenian genocide, Holocaust, and GULAG. Excursion to the Jewish Museum and Center of Tolerance
- International HR NGO and International system of human rights protection
- Discussion on Universality of Human Rights in Globalizing World
- Sovereignty, Human Rights, and R2P (Responsibility to Protect)
- Religion, Violence, and Human Rights
- Media, Globalization, and Human Rights
- Academic Rights and Freedoms in the Global World.
- Active participation
- Midterm examination
- Group presentation and participation in the Project work
- Final paper
- Interim assessment (2 module)0.2 * Active participation + 0.4 * Final paper + 0.2 * Group presentation and participation in the Project work + 0.2 * Midterm examination
- Human rights : an interdisciplinary approach / Michael Freeman. (2011). Cambridge: Polity. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.344567850
- Smith, R. K. M. (2012). Textbook on International Human Rights (Vol. Fifth edition). Oxford: OUP Oxford. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=678250