Units of Study

HSTY2616 - The Human Rights Revolution

Semester 1, 2013  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Marco Duranti


What accounts for the spectacular rise of human rights movements and norms from 1945 to the present? This unit investigates the causes and consequences of this radical global transformation in transnational activism, foreign policy and international law. The first portion of the unit explores the early history of natural rights, minority rights, women's rights and humanitarianism. The second portion examines the impact of domestic politics, gender politics and geopolitics on the postwar 'human rights revolution'.


Tutorial participation (10%), 1x2500wd essay (50%), 1x2hr exam (40%)


2x1-hr lecture/week and 1x1-hr tutorial/week


12 Junior credit points of History, Ancient History or Asian Studies


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