1 x 1-hour tutorial weekly
12 x 1-hour on-line lectures per semester
Enrolment not permitted
INTR3059 has been successfully completed
Course context
Associated majors: International Relations; Political Studies
Topic description
Debating Human Rights in International Relations is a topic designed to provoke critical reflection on the political and philosophical questions related to human rights and international politics. The history and development of the idea of human rights, its political extension since 1948, and ongoing theoretical and political controversies, especially those related to religion, culture and cosmopolitanism, will be examined.
Educational aims
This topic aims to:
  • investigate the origins, claims made about and contemporary useages of the concept of human rights
  • investigate a number of the key practical and theoretical issues in the implementation of human rights
  • familiarise students with recent debates at the levels of theory and practice regarding human rights
Expected learning outcomes
On successful completion of this topic, students should have acquired:
  • a knowledge of the history of the idea of human rights
  • an understanding of the liberal political philosophy which undergirds the human rights idea
  • competence in discussing the contemporary debates to do with human rights
  • an appreciation of the place of culture, religion and politics in the debates over human rights
  • the capacity to defend and critique a cosmopolitan account of human rights