Units of Study

HRTD6906 - The Philosophy of Human Rights

Semester 1, 2013  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Alexandre Lefebvre


This unit addresses central themes from the history and philosophy of human rights. Topics may include the relationship between human rights and religion, natural law, moral and aesthetic justifications of human rights, claims and challenges to universality of the part of human rights, and tensions between human rights and state sovereignty. Thinkers may include Saint Paul, Kant, Burke, Tocqueville, Arendt, Schmitt, and Rawls.


1x1500wd take-home exam (35%) and 1x3500wd essay (65%)


1x2-hr lecture/week




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