Human rights in the Middle East, Turkey and East Asia, 7.5 credits

About the education

This course provides an introduction to human rights from a broad interdisciplinary perspective. The course starts with a philosophical historical introduction on human rights where some key thinkers and traditions of thought are presented and analyzed. Then the course addresses the emergence of the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its historical predecessor, such as 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. Special focus will be on the current human rights challenges with a special emphasis on Turkey, the Middle East and East Asia and the human rights situation in the Islamic and Confucian traditions of thought.

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.