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Course 2018-2019 a.y.

30482 - HUMAN RIGHTS

BIG
Department of Social and Political Sciences

Course taught in English


Go to class group/s: 31

BIG (6 credits - I sem. - OBS  |  SPS/04)
Course Director:
GIUNIA VALERIA GATTA

Classes: 31 (I sem.)
Instructors:
Class 31: GIUNIA VALERIA GATTA


Mission & Content Summary
MISSION

This course aims at understanding human rights as embedded in specific historical circumstances, and looks at their codification in international law as the product of heated political debates

CONTENT SUMMARY

We trace the genealogy of the international human rights regime and ponder the affirmation of political and civil rights and the obfuscation of social and economic rights. We attend to issues of universality and borders, and conclude by considering matters of compliance.


Intended Learning Outcomes (ILO)
KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Know the content of the most important documents in the “human rights regime.”
  • Understand the path that lead to the formulation of these documents and the significance of debates on universality.
  • Understand the political stakes behind the affirmation of one formulation or another.
  • Identify potential biases in certain definitions of rights.
APPLYING KNOWLEDGE AND UNDERSTANDING
At the end of the course student will be able to...
  • Have an informed opinion about the foundation of human rights, if any.
  • Become (more) aware of your political beliefs on human rights and of the histories and struggles behind them.
  • Develop an enduring intellectual and political interest in this concept (whether as an advocate or a critic, or both) that is rooted in knowledge about its development, historical background, and founding documents.

Teaching methods
  • Face-to-face lectures
  • Guest speaker's talks (in class or in distance)
  • Case studies /Incidents (traditional, online)
  • Individual assignments
  • Group assignments
DETAILS
  • As appropriate, we hear from scholars and activists who have been lifelong supporters or critics of human rights.
  • We apply theoretical knowledge acquired to the study of relevant cases.
  • Attending students have the opportunity to earn extra credit via individual and group assignments.

Assessment methods
  Continuous assessment Partial exams General exam
  • Written individual exam (traditional/online)
  •   x x
  • Individual assignment (report, exercise, presentation, project work etc.)
  • x    
  • Group assignment (report, exercise, presentation, project work etc.)
  • x    
  • Active class participation (virtual, attendance)
  • x    
    ATTENDING STUDENTS
    • Written exams are aimed at ascertaining the students' acquisition of the necessary knowledge. They are worth, each, 50 percent of the student final grade.
    • There is the opportunity to earn up to 1 point extra to the final grade via class participation, individual, and group assignments.
    NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

    Written exams are aimed at ascertaining the students' acquisition of the necessary knowledge.


    Teaching materials
    ATTENDING AND NOT ATTENDING STUDENTS

    Materials are available at the Egea Bookstore and on reserve at the library by August 2018.

    Last change 22/06/2018 08:30