Special Topics in International Studies (GOVT6210)


State Security and Human Rights: This unit focuses on the interrelationship between state security and international human rights in the Post September 11 environment. Using a comparative approach to politics, it encourages students to identify similarities and differences in the response of western liberal governments to the threat of terrorism and to examine how these responses have influenced human rights practices, especially civil and political rights - in each country under review.

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1x2-hr seminar/week


1200wd literature review (35%) and 2800wd essay (50%) and 500wd in-class presentation (15%)

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