The Challenges to Human Rights in a Global Perspective, 7.5 credits

About the education

This course covers concepts and theories related to recent political and intellectual challenges to human rights regimes and liberal democracy in a national context.

The historical context for this course is the so-called wave of new-authoritarianism in various countries that has expressed itself through various forms of populism and nationalism in recent decades.

After the fall of the Iron Wall in 1989 the American writer and political scientist Francis Fukuyama coined the phrase ”The End of History” which expressed the conviction that liberal democracy had become the only viable and reasonable political alternative around the world. For several years this statement also seemed to be reasonable with the fall of several dictatorships and authoritarian regimes around the world. However, in recent years the world has seen a backlash for liberal democracy in more or less violent forms. These political changes evoke questions concerning the prerequisities for and the critical challenges to liberal democracy.

The course adress in this regard different theories and explanations with reference to ”the new authoritarianism” from an interdisciplinary perspective.

The legal context is the terms and strategies of human rights law. The course provides specialisation in a set of relevant and contemporary issues related to human rights law in national contexts. Relevant examples may be the use of states of emergency, media and freedom of expression, migration or the role of civil society. It may also involve novel and modern approaches to human rights law, such as critical perspectives.

Subject: Middle East and North African Studies

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are regions in transition.

With an increased interest in democracy, economic reforms and a growing trade with the outside world, the region is more relevant than ever. In Sweden there is also a large number of immigrants from the region, which contributes to an increased awareness of the developments in the Middle East and North Africa.

As a trading partner the region is important and there is a need for people who not only specialize in for example finance and media, but also are familiar with MENA's history and culture.

Middle Eastern and North African Studies can be taken from beginner's level to undergraduate and graduate level. All lectures are generally held in the evenings and all courses can be taken as online courses, with certain attendance requirements at the higher levels. Studies can also be combined with studies in Arabic.

In addition to this, introductory courses in Persian and Hebrew are given.

Middle Eastern and North African Studies are especially relevant for those who want to work, or already have a job, in a field such as public administration, industry, commerce, media and tourism, where knowledge of Middle Eastern and North African culture and politics is required.

Area of interest: Language and Linguistics

Languages open doors to other cultures, experiences, business contacts and collaboration between countries. At Stockholm University you can study nearly 30 different languages. You can also delve into more theoretical subjects such as Linguistics and Bilingualism.

Language and Linguistics studies can lead to a large variety of professions within teaching, research and industry, the public sector, trade and tourism, and other areas.