POLS5686 International Norms, Ethics and Human Rights

6 points
(see Timetable)
Non-standard teaching periodUWA (Perth)Face to face
Human rights have become a central issue in international politics, observable in the increasing number of political claims for human rights that have been advanced in recent decades. This unit examines the theory and politics of human rights in a global context. It first considers different normative approaches to conceptualising human rights, and their contested philosophical foundations. It then analyses the politics of human rights through a range of empirical cases, depending on the research interests of teaching staff. These may include refugees, security, citizenship, development justice, and climate change.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate a detailed understanding of the development of the human rights discourse and its increased prominence in international politics; (2) describe and evaluate the key normative and philosophical approaches to human rights; (3) critically appraise key debates regarding human rights claims in global politics; and (4) communicate advanced arguments in written and oral assessments that employ the conventions of the discipline.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) seminar preparation and participation; (2) a research essay; and (3) analytical assignments. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ky Gentry
Contact hours
seminars: 18 hours (over the course of a semester)
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