Human Rights I

Summary

Admission requirements

General entry requirements + English B.

Syllabus

Syllabus for students

Course Code:
MR110L revision 1
Swedish name:
Mänskliga rättigheter I
Level of specialisation
G1N
Main fields of study:
Human Rights
Language:
English
Date of ratification:
18 September 2019
Decision-making body:
Faculty of Culture and Society
Enforcement date:
31 August 2020

Entry requirements

General entry requirements + English B.

Specialisation and progression relative to the degree regulations

The course is part of the main field of study Human Rights at the 1-30 credit level and meets the degree requirements for the degree of Bachelor, main field of study Human Rights.

Purpose

The aim of the course is that the students will acquire basic knowledge in the subject area of human rights from a multidisciplinary perspective.

Contents

The course contains the following modules:
Law and Human Rights (10 credits)
This module comprises studies of Public International Law and Human Rights Law.
Politics and Human Rights (10 credits)
This module comprises studies of human rights in relation to the concept of state, and with regard to political power and democratic processes.
Philosophy, Religion and Human Rights (10 credits)
This module comprises studies of philosophical and ethical theories and discussions regarding human rights.

Learning outcomes

Law and Human Rights
After completing the module, the student will:

  1. be able to demonstrate knowledge of the structure of international law and account for the relationship between international and national law;
  2. be able to demonstrate knowledge of the UN legal framework for human rights and regional systems of human rights;
  3. be able to demonstrate knowledge of key concepts and principles of international law and substantive human rights; and
  4. be able to demonstrate an ability to identify key legal issues and to apply international law and human rights law in different cases and situations; and
  5. be able to demonstrate an ability to legally analyse cases and judicial decisions relating to international law and human rights.
Politics and Human Right
After completing the module, the student will
  1. be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the role of states in the realisation of human rights
  2. be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theories of the state and international relations
  3. be able demonstrate knowledge of the role of society in the realisation of human rights
  4. be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theories of society
  5. be able to demonstrate an ability to analyse, interpret the development of and critically reflect over theories of the state and international relations as well as theories of society and their importance for the analysis of human rights
  6. be able to use basic academic formalities and academic language
Philosophy, Religion and Human Rights
After completing the module, the student will
  1. be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the philosophical background to the idea of human rights as well as to key human rights issues
  2. be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the view of human rights in the different world religions and of the current debate on freedom of religion
  3. be able to analyse and critically reflect on philosophical and religious aspects concerning the background to and development of the present-day human rights regime.
  4. be able to use basic academic formalities and academic language

Learning activities

The course is designed for full-time study. The teaching is mainly in the form of lectures and seminars. The majority of the teaching activities consists of independent study.
Students are responsible for keeping up with the reading and for coming prepared to each class. Students are presumed to pursue their own study groups.
Teaching in modules 1-3 is mainly lectures and seminars.

Assessments

Law and Human Rights (10hp)
The students’ performance in the module is assessed by means of a formal exam (10 hp).
Learning outcomes 1-5 are assessed by a formal exam.
Politics and Human Rights (10hp)
The students’ performance in the module is assessed by individual written assignments.
Learning outcomes 1-6 are assessed by an individual home exam (6 hp)
Learning outcomes 1-6 are assessed by an individual written assignment (4 hp)
Philosophy, Religion and Human Rights (10hp)
The students’ performance in the module is assessed by means of a formal exam and an individual written assignment.
Learning outcomes 1, 2 and 3 are assessed by a formal exam (7,5hp)
Learning outcomes 1-4 are assessed by an individual written assignment (2,5hp)

Grading system

Excellent (A), Very Good (B), Good (C), Satisfactory (D), Pass (E) or Fail (U).

Course literature and other teaching materials

Law and Human rights
  • Klabbers, Jan (latest ed), International law (Cambridge UP)
  • Fasulo, Linda (2004) An Insider’s Guide to the UN (Yale: Yale University Press)
  • Smith, Rhona (latest ed), Textbook on International Human Rights (Oxford: Oxford UP)
  • Bantekas Ilias and Oette Lutz (latest ed), International Human Rights – Law and Practice (Cambridge UP)
  • Documents in Public International Law (follow teacher's instructions)
There may be additional reading such as judicial decisions and articles – see course guide.
Politics and Human rights
  • Arts, Wil & John Gelissen (2002) “Three Worlds of Welfare Capitalism or More? A State-of-the-Art Report”. Journal of European Social Policy, vol. 12, no. 2: 137-158.
  • Booth Walling, Carrie (2015) “Human Rights Norms, State Sovereignty, and Humanitarian Intervention”. Human Rights Quarterly, 37(2): 383-413.
  • Esping-Andersen, Gösta & Walter Korpi (1987) ”From Poor Relief to Institutional Welfare States: The Development of Scandinavian Social Policy”. International Journal of Sociology. 16(3/4):39-74.
  • Jones, Pip, Liz Bradbury & Shaun LeBoutillier (2015) Introducing Social Theory, 2nd Edition. Polity Press.
  • Mamdani, Mahmood (2001) “Beyond Settler and Native as Political Identities: Overcoming the Political Legacy of Colonialism”. Comparative Studies in Society and History 43(4): 651-664.
  • Pierson, Christopher (2012) The Modern State. Routledge, 3rd edition (or other editions).
  • Young, Crawford (2004) ”The End of the Post-Colonial State in Africa? Reflections on Changing African Political Dynamics” African Affairs, vol. 103: 23-49.
  • Joas, Hans (2006) “Max Weber and the Origin of Human Rights: A Study on Cultural Innovation”. Free University (FU) of Berlin and the University of Chicago.
  • Kolakowski, Leszek (1983)”Marxism and Human Rights” Daedalus, Vol. 112, No. 4, Human Rights
  • Cristi Marcela (2012) “Durkheim on Moral Individualism, Social Justice, and Rights: A Gendered Construction of Rights” Canadian Journal of Sociology/Cahiers canadiens de sociologie 37(4)
Philosophy, Religion and Human rights
  • Ahdar, R., Leigh, I. (2015) Religious Freedom in the Liberal State, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Christman, John (2018) Social and Political Philosophy: A Contemporary Introduction, 2nd Edition. New York: Routledge.
  • Hayden, Patrick (2001) The Philosophy of Human Rights (St Paul: Paragon House)
  • Nickel, James (2014) “Human Rights”, Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy,
  • Roald, Anne Sofie (2010):” Multiculturalism and religious legislation in Sweden” in M Haydeh Moghissi och Halleh Ghorashi (Eds.), Muslim Diaspora in the West. Negotiating Gender, Home and Belonging, Surrey and Burlington: Ashgate, pp. 55-72 (can be accessed as e-book on the website of Malmö University Library) .
  • Sooryamoorthy, Radhamany (2008): "Untouchability in Modern India", International Sociology, Vol. 23, No. 2, pp. 283-293.
  • Witte, John, Jr., Alexander, Frank S. (2010), Christianity and Human Rights. An Introduction, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (in selection, approx.. 70 p.) (can be accessed as e-book on the website of Malmö University Library).
  • Witte, John, Jr, Green, Christian (2011), Religion and Human Rights. An Introduction, (Oxford Univ. Press.)
There may be additional articles of 100 pages max – see lecture presentations.

Course evaluation

The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).

Interim rules

If a course is no longer offered or has undergone major changes, students will be offered two re-take sessions based on the syllabus in force at registration during a period of one year from the date of the implementation of the changes.

Other Information

Language of instruction is English

Contact

The education is provided by the Faculty of Culture and Society at the Department of Global Political Studies.

Further information

GPSstudent - Malmö universitet,

Application

31 August 2020 - 17 January 2021 Day-time 100% Malmö Application code: mau-01187

National application round

Tuition fees

for non-EU students only

First instalment: 39000 SEK
Full tuition Fee: 39000 SEK

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