Human Rights In Global Perspective POLITIC4008

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Either Semester 1 or Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will investigate the role of human rights in global politics today and will partially be framed by the debate over the balance between human rights and state sovereignty. It will address both empirical and normative concerns-both the is and the ought.

Timetable

This course may not be running this year. For further information please check the Politics Moodle page or contact the subject directly.

Requirements of Entry

Mandatory Entry Requirements

Entry to Honours Politics requires a grade point average of 12 (Grade C) over Politics 2A and Politics 2B as a first attempt

Excluded Courses

None

Co-requisites

None

Assessment

Essay - 70% of final course mark (3,000-3,500 words)

Human Rights Organisation Group Research Project - 30% of final course mark (1,500-2,000 words/student in the group)

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable

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Course Aims

This course will investigate the role of human rights in global politics today and will partially be framed by the debate over the balance between human rights and state sovereignty. It will address both empirical and normative concerns-both the is and the ought. It will examine the main theoretical bases for human rights and the content of the modern human conception of human rights. It will ask whether the human rights regime is effective in protecting human rights, and look at a number of issues related to human rights such as universality and accountability for human rights violations.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this programme students will be able to:

•demonstrate an understanding of the main theoretical approaches to human rights;

•understand the evolution of the human rights regime;

•assess the role of a wide variety of actors in human rights - including individuals, states, and international organizations;

•advance reasoned and factually supported arguments both orally and in writing;

•develop appropriate research skills.

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.