Human Rights, Peace and Justice (PACS6915)


This unit explores the philosophical development of the idea of human rights and the international human rights regime as a means of promoting peace with justice. We examine legal instruments, political strategies, humanitarian challenges and moral imperatives that pertain to implementing human rights locally and internationally. We consider debates surrounding universality of human rights, humanitarian intervention, the role of civil society and global responsibilities, as well as specific rights such as those of women, refugees and indigenous peoples.

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1x2hr seminar/week or online equivalent


on campus: 2000wd short Essay (40%) and 4000wd major Essay (60%); online: 500wd equivalent online discussion (10%) and 4x500wd readings responses (30%) and 500wd Essay plan (10%) and 3000wd final Essay (50%)

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