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Human rights in the Middle East, Turkey and East Asia

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.

  • Course structure

    The course develops knowledge about Human Rights from an interdisciplinary perspective, including philosophical, historical and legal issues.

    Teaching format

    Instruction is given in the form of lectures and seminars. For more detailed information, please see the course description in Athena.

    Course details and resources

    Course infromation, details and literature lists can be found in the learning platform Athena

    Please note that only registred students have access to downloadable resources such as PDF documents in Athena.


    The course is examined on the basis of three written assignments.


    Hans Ingvar Roth

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.
  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Do you have questions about the courses in Middle Eastern and North Africa's Languages and Cultures?

    Student Councelor:

    Director of Studies:
    Martin Säfström
    Phone: 08-16 29 43