About the course

This course gives an introduction to human rights from an interdisciplinary perspective. The course starts with a historical and philosophical introduction to human rights where some central thinkers and schools of thought are presented and analysed. The course also covers the emergence of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its historical predecessors like the French Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen (1789) and the American Declaration of Independence (1776). The subsequent development of human rights in the form of new declarations and conventions will also be highlighted. A particular focus will then be placed on current human rights challenges with a special emphasis on Turkey, the Middle East and East Asia and the position of human rights in Muslim and Confucian context.

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Course material, Autumn semester 2019

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Special eligibility requirements

Bachelor's degree in humanities, social sciences or law and English B/English 6.

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