Human Rights, Peace and Justice (PACS6915)


This unit explores the interrelationship between human rights, peace and justice in theory and in practice. We examine the philosophical underpinnings, legal instruments, political strategies and ethical challenges involved in understanding and attaining human rights locally and globally. Students will engage in debates about global responsibilities for the prevention and prosecution of mass human rights violations as well as specific rights such as those of women, refugees and indigenous peoples and how they contribute to peace with justice.

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1x2hr seminar/week or online equivalent


(1x800wd participation and presentation (15%), 1x1500wd short assignment (25%), 1x600wd essay plan (10%), 1x3000wd major essay (50%)) OR (1x500wd online discussion contribution (10%), 3x500wd online reading reflections (30%), 1x800wd online essay plan (10%), 1x3000wd online final essay (50%))

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