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Amos Nascimento
T PHIL 200
Tacoma Campus

Introduction to the Philosophy of Human Rights

Introduces and discusses different philosophical views on humanity, good, rights, universality, and other concepts that have influenced our understanding of human rights.

Class description

This version of "Introduction to the Philosophy of Human Rights" will focus on current debates on immigration and citizenship, taking as reference the work of philosopher Seyla Benhabib. Students will read her works on "The Rights of Others: Aliens, Immigrants, Citizens" and "Another Cosmopolitanism." Students will also have the opportunity to attend a lecture by Professor Benhabib and ask her questions about these themes. Seyla Benhabib is Professor of Philosophy and Political Science at Yale University and will be visiting the University of Washington in October 2013.

Student learning goals

Students will identify key questions in current debates on immigration and citizenship.

Students will learn about contemporary philosophers who attempt to respond to these questions, with special emphasis on cosmopolitan theories.

Students will develop their own position on these issues.

General method of instruction

The course will focus on the reading of texts by Seyla Benhabib, participate in a conference with her, and then develop their own positions through class discussions and other practical activities.

Recommended preparation

Reading of required texts and participation in class discussions.

Class assignments and grading

Participation (25%), conference with Professor Benhabib (25%), assignments (25%), final paper (25%).


The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Amos Nascimento
Date: 08/25/2013