Human Rights Across Cultures|
Spring 2021 not offered
Are human rights universal? Do cultural differences matter to judgments about human rights? We will look at the current international human rights institutional framework and at theoretical perspectives from Europe and America, China, and the Islamic world. 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 such as Amnesty International.
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|Course Format: Lecture / Discussion||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (CEAS-MN)(CEAS)(CEAS-Phil/Reli)(CIVI-MN)(PHIL)(PHIL-Philosophy)(PHIL-Social Jus)
Glendon, A World Made New
Angle and Svensson, eds., Chinese Human Rights Reader
Rawls, Law of Peoples
Sells, Approaching the Quran
and a variety of essays by Habermas, Parekh, Chan, Mawdudi, An'Na'im, and others
|Examinations and Assignments: |
A short research project, three 7-page essays, and a take-home final
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Attendance is required, as is regular participation, both in-class and on-line.
This course counts towards both the "Middle East and North Africa" and the "Contemporary Society and Practice" requirements of the Muslim Studies Certificate.
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