Human rights are fundamental rights that are inherent to every individual. They are underpinned by concepts of human dignity and the essential equality of all people. The subject takes an interdisciplinary approach to the development, application and cultural relativity of human rights, and how they are placed alongside our notions of global justice.
The subject is delivered in three modules. The first module explores the evolution of the liberal conception of human rights, with a focus on how the understanding of rights has changed over time. The second module introduces students to non-Western conceptions of human rights, with a focus on indigenous conceptions. The third module discusses who guarantees protection of rights, and how violators of rights have come to be punished in the international system. The material covered in this subject is global in both its geographic scope and its cultural awareness. The subject will provide you with the tools to make determinations about the nature of human rights in a globalised world.