The Human Rights Revolution (HSTY2616)


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'.

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2x1hr lecture/week and 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x1000wd Bibliography & Proposal (15%), 1x2500wd Essay (40%), 1x1hr Exam (30%), Tutorial participation (15%)

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Prerequisites and assumed knowledge

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

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