Human Rights and Social Protest (SCLG2624)


Explores the rise of human rights discourse and its relationship to moral and religious discourses on suffering and social justice across cultures. Focuses on victims of human rights abuse, the formation of communities of suffering and social movements around victimhood. Examines 'rights talk' as a global discourse and language of protest against social injustice and claims. Examines global human rights machinery and the ethics of humanitarian intervention. Case studies from Latin America, Africa and the Middle East.

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1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x1500wd Essay (30%), 1x3000wd Essay (60%), Tutorial participation (10%)

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(12 Junior credit points from Sociology) or (12 Junior credit points from Socio-Legal Studies)

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