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17
May

Human Rights in Non-Western Societies

2020/2021
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
5
ECTS credits
Course type:
Elective course
When:
1 year, 3, 4 module

Instructor

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. At the same time, course is looking to review the situation with human rights abuse in so called Non-western countries and examine, how the alternate concept of human rights are applying to justify violations and what kind of institutes and practices are common for non-democratic regimes to mimicking and corruption of human rights ideas and practices.
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
  • Know the alternate (non-Western) concept of human rights
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Students shall be equipped to explain the diversity of Human rights compliance in different parts of the world.
  • The role of post colonial literature on the debate of Human Rights
  • Academic capacity to discern the different aspects of UDHR and their local and regional replications and aspirations
  • The pressing issues of Human rights in the global south Vs Human rights in the OECD countries and the variation in priorities
  • Provide customized policy recommendation on the betterment and consolidation of the HR in different social and economic set up
  • Working with primary data sources and literature on the problems of human rights
  • 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 backgrounds
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • In Defence of the Universal declaration, Human Rights and Cultural Pluralism
  • Universalism vs particularism of human rights. Concepts of non-Western approach
  • The UN and regional declarations and covenants on human rights
  • Introduction: Property and Human Rights in a Global Context
  • The possibility of non-religious human rights
  • Rights and wrongs without God. Human rights concept of Russian Orthodox Church and Islamic concept of human rights
  • Imperialism, colonialism, and human rights.
  • Human Rights in Weak, Divided, and Threatened States
  • Cultural Identity, Group Rights, and Social Ontology
  • Sexuality, traditional culture and human rights in non-Western societies
  • GLOBALIZING DEMOCRACY IN A HUMAN RIGHTS FRAMEWORK
  • DEMOCRACY AND RIGHTS, PERSONALIZED AND PLURALIZED
  • Human Rights Critiques of the ‘War on Terror'
  • Order, Rights and Threats: Terrorism and Global Justice
  • Epistemology, diversity, and disagreement in theory and practice
  • The right of peoples to self-determination and The right to development and development assistance
  • Immanent and universal human rights: more legitimate than reasonable
  • How Not to Promote Democracy and Human Rights in the diversified and plural world
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Active participation
  • non-blocking Personal presentation (HR in the particular Non-western country)
  • non-blocking Group presentation - Religion and Human rights
  • non-blocking Final paper
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.1 * Active participation + 0.4 * Final paper + 0.25 * Group presentation - Religion and Human rights + 0.25 * Personal presentation (HR in the particular Non-western country)
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Bagchi, S. S., & Das, A. (2013). Human Rights and the Third World : Issues and Discourses. Lanham: Lexington Books. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=651046
  • Donnelly, J. (1982). Human Rights and Human Dignity: An Analytic Critique of Non-Western Conceptions of Human Rights. American Political Science Review, (02), 303. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsrep&AN=edsrep.a.cup.apsrev.v76y1982i02p303.316.18
  • 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
  • Mapp, S. C. (2014). Human Rights and Social Justice in a Global Perspective : An Introduction to International Social Work (Vol. Second Edition). New York: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=746357
  • Sen, A. (1998). Universal truths. Harvard International Review, 20(3), 40. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=f5h&AN=748883

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Dallmayr, F. (2002). "Asian Values " and Global Human Rights. Philosophy East & West, 52(2), 173. https://doi.org/10.1353/pew.2002.0025
  • Hajjar Leib, L. (2011). Human Rights and the Environment : Philosophical, Theoretical and Legal Perspectives. Web server without geographic relation, Web server without geographic relation (org): Brill. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.9E51B64E
  • Tahmindjis, P., & Graupner, H. (2005). Sexuality and Human Rights : A Global Overview. Binghamton, NY: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=783000
  • Wilson, R., & Mitchell, J. P. (2003). Human Rights in Global Perspective : Anthropological Studies of Rights, Claims and Entitlements. London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=95433