Units of Study

HSTY7001 - The History of Human Rights

Semester 1, 2013  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Marco Duranti


What are Human Rights? This unit surveys the historiography of human rights to ask whether it is a product of a European past, particularly the Enlightenment. How did European human rights activists reconcile these rights with colonialism and slavery? How is the history of human rights related to humanitarianism and liberalism? The unit investigates human rights not only as theories embodied in texts, but as practices embedded in specific historical contexts. It will work toward a genealogy of human rights.


1x1000wd essay proposal (20%), 1x4000wd essay (70%), seminar participation (10%)


1x2-hr seminar/week


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