GI6067 - Human Rights and International Conflict (2019/20)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2019/20|
|Module title||Human Rights and International Conflict|
|Module level||Honours (06)|
|Credit rating for module||15|
|School||School of Social Sciences|
|Total study hours||150|
|Running in 2019/20||
This module engages with the contemporary debate about the theory and practice of human rights, about their origin, the ideal of their universality, their imperfect institutionalization, and the challenges facing their implementation in a world of domestic populisms and international conflict.
To provide a historical and critical introduction to ideas and institutions of human rights, and to evaluate their relation to state sovereignty and international conflict.
To provide an understanding of the relation of theory to practice, facts to values, politics to ethics, and ideas of universality to both cultural tradition and relativical relativity.
To relate philosophical theories and propositions to practices and issues of political, social, economic, legal and international justice.
To elaborate arguments that are at once logical, evidenced and reflectively ethical.
Prior learning requirements
Natural Rights and Moral Universalism - LO 1,3
Declaratory Universalism and Human Rights - LO 2,3
International Conflict and a Responsibility to Protect - LO 2,3
Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity
This module is taught through lectures and seminars. Students are expected to prepare thoroughly for the seminars both in terms of completing the assessment (giving presentations) but also in terms of evaluating the presentations in a formative way and participating in the seminar discussions. Indeed, the reflective aspects of the module require students to consider the political and ethical ideas of the module not only in abstract theoretical terms, but also in terms of ethical practice and transformation. Blended learning will be achieved through the University’s provision of web-based learning facilities and ITC in the classroom.
By the end of the module, students should have developed:
1. an appreciation of the history of rights and of the relation of that history to past and present political and international conflicts;
2. a critical understanding of the ethical, political and international potential and difficulties of human rights;
3. the ability to scrutinize moral theories and political facts in the light of each other, to ethically evaluate social practices and national and international institutions ethically, and to elaborate, justify, advance, defend and revise a logically structured argument supported by relevant textual and empirical evidence.
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An-Na’im - “The Spirit of Laws is Not Universal: Alternatives to the Enforcement
Abdullahi Ahmed - Paradigm for Human Rights”, Tilburg Law Review 21:2 (255-274), 2016.
Etinson, Adam, ed - Human Rights: Moral or Political?, Oxford University Press, 2018.
Forsythe, David P. - Human Rights in International Relations, Cambridge University Press, 2017 (4th ed).
Goodale, Mark ed - Letters to the Contrary: A Curated History of the UNESCO Human Rights ed. Survey, Stanford University Press, 2018.
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Knight, Kelvin - Freedom’s Useful Name: Politics’ Primacy in Human Rights’, Declaratory Moment, Cambridge University Press, 2019.
MacIntyre, Alasdair - Ethics in the Conflicts of Modernity: An Essay on Desire, Practical Reasoning, and Narrative, Cambridge University Press, 2016.
Moyn, Samuel - Not Enough: Human Rights in an Unequal World, Harvard University Press, 2018.
Normand, Roger & Zaidi, Sarah - Human Rights at the UN: The Political History of Universal Justice, Indiana University Press, 2008.
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Rawls, John - A Theory of Justice, Harvard University Press, 1999 (2nd edn.).
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Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect: http://www.globalr2p.org/
Human Rights Consortium: https://hrc.sas.ac.uk
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United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner, Universal Human Rights Index: http://uhri.ohchr.org