Human Rights History Across Cultures and Religions - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
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  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment - Essay Topic Summary (20%) , Essay (50%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit provides an overview of the development of the idea of human rights and related concepts in a range of cultures and religions. The unit begins with an exploration of the development of human rights in the Enlightenment tradition and then explores debates about the foundations of human rights. Other topics include cultural relativist critiques of human rights; non-western cultural traditions of human rights; the role and practice of dialogue; ideas of human rights in different religious traditions; colonialism and human rights; and Indigenous understandings of human rights and perspectives on rights protection, practice and education.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe and critique ideas of human rights from a range of cultural and religious traditions
  2. describe and critique the role and practice of dialogue as a means of overcoming barriers to universal human rights
  3. use appropriate technologies to locate and critically appraise relevant human rights literature
  4. analyse and communicate ideas of human rights from particular cultural and religious traditions
  5. demonstrate an understanding of plagiarism, paraphrasing and the principles of Academic Integrity.
  • Assignment — Essay Topic Summary (20%)
  • Essay (50%)
  • Report — Readings report (30%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Audio/Visual equipment

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

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This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction - thinking about human rights, cultures and religions
2Universalism and cultural relativism
3Dialogue as a means of overcoming barriers to human rights across cultures/religions
4Constructing human rights beyond the limits of the modern western view
5Human rights and Christianity
6Human rights - an African perspective
7Human rights and Islam
8Human rights and Indigenous peoples
9Human rights and Buddhism
10Rights to cultural identity

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • Philosophy of Human Rights


    ISBN: 9781557787903


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