Fall 2006 not offered
Are human rights universal? Do cultural differences matter to judgments about human rights? This course will seek answers to such questions in two stages. First we will explore the histories of various human rights discourses, focusing primarily on Europe, the United States, and China. Then we will examine different contemporary reactions to the possibility of plural conceptions of human rights. We will look primarily at philosophical materials, but will also pay some attention to the premises of international legal documents like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and to the assumptions behind activist organizations like Amnesty International.
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|Course Format: Lecture/Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Prerequisites: Any Philosophy Course
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(CEAS-Phil/Reli)(PHIL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)
Readings will come from a range of primary sources (in translation, where necessary) and contemporary secondary works. Some examples include:
Angle and Svensson, eds., THE CHINESE HUMAN RIGHTS READER
Kurzman, ed., LIBERAL ISLAM
Shue and Hurley, eds., ON HUMAN RIGHTS
Glendon, A WORLD MADE NEW
|Examination and Assignments: |
Two seven-page papers, several short writing assignments, and a final project.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Prerequisite: any previous philosophy course at Wesleyan.
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