Examines understandings and influence of idea of human rights. Considers conflicts and contradictions between human rights claims and national sovereignty, cultural difference, democracy.
Many think that human rights "talk" may be the means of redefining how such issues as sovereignty, citizenship, labor, sustainability and development enter the public sphere under conditions of globalization. This course examines the sources of human rights discourse and how it is being redefined in our day.
Student learning goals
* What are the defining concepts and categories of human rights discourse?
* What are the key political issues in defining human rights?
* How do concepts of human rights continue to evolve?
General method of instruction
Class assignments and grading