Courses Catalogue

Peace And Human Rights

COLLEGE/SCHOOL/FACULTY: College of Education, Open and Distance Learning
STATUS: Elective
PROGRAMME TYPE: Undergraduate

Course Content and Outline

  1. Introduction to Human Rights: Major Concepts.
  2. Historical, Philosophical, Political Concepts .
  3. Basic Human Rights Instruments.
  4. Human Rights exercises
  5. Human Rights Standards
  6. Protection Mechanisms: UN, Regional, .
  7. Individual Complaints to the United Nations.
  8. Women and Human Rights.
  9. Children and Human Rights.
  10. Torture and Disappearances..
  11.  Human Rights in times of Conflict.
  12. ICC: Individual Criminal Responsibility.                                           
  13. HR Violations Test.
  14. Disabilities and Sexuality.

Course Outline 1.

Introduction: Major Historical and Philosophical Concepts. Reading: Magdalena Sepúlveda et al.

 “Definitions and Classifications. ”Human Rights Reference Book. Costa Rica: University for Peace, 2004.

 “History of Human Rights.” Introduction to the International Human Rights Regime. Boston: Martinus, 2004. 9-30.

Introduction  Historical development of rights Human Rights in Enlightenment Europe Central philosophical concepts of rights, duties, obligations, and claims

Major Human Rights Instruments

UDHR: Universal Declaration of Human Rights ICCPR: International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights ICESCR: International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Topics: Details of the key Human Rights instruments History of the drafting of the instruments Terminology and Elements of Specific Rights

Topics: Where does international law come from? How international law works Place of human rights in international law

Human Rights Protection Mechanisms Systems Reading: International Service for Human Rights. “A Simple Guide to the Treaty Bodies.” Geneva: ISHR, n.d.

Role of the UN, HCHR, Security Council in Human Rights Human Rights protection mechanisms at the UN Treaty and Charter Bodies Regional systems

Women’s Rights Reading: Partners for Law in Development. CEDAW: Restoring Rights to Women. New Delhi: PLD, 2004

Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination Against Women

[Also in the electronic materials look over: Magdalena Sepúlveda et al. Read: PART FOUR: Chapter 1: “Women and Girls”]

History of Women’s Rights Gender based Violence Culture, gender and rights Reproductive rights Women’s rights in South Asia and Middle East

Children and Human Rights Reading: Convention on the Rights of the Child

Magdalena Sepúlveda et al. PART FOUR: Chapter 2: “Children”

History of Children’s Rights Special Rights of children Violating children’s rights: labour, trafficking, and child soldiers

Human Rights in times of Conflict

What is International Humanitarian law? Four Geneva Conventions Current Issues: defining non combatants, Protection of vulnerable people

International Criminal Court (ICC) and Individual criminal responsibility Reading: Human Rights Correspondence School: “The International Criminal Court.”

“Lecture Topics: International Criminal Law Definition of war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide The jurisdiction of the ICC Types of crimes: from the Khmer Rouge to Congo Political controversies around the ICC

Freedom of Expression and Assembly Reading: Magdalena Sepúlveda et al. Read: PART THREE: Chapter 2: “The rights to freedom of expression and religion

Migration Issues: Refugees and IDPS Reading: Joan Fitzpatrick. “The Human Rights of Refugees Asylum Seekers, and Internally Displaced People: A Basic Introduction.” Joan Fitzpatrick. Human Rights Protection for Refugees Asylum Seekers, and Internally Displaced People. New York: Transnational, 2002 [Also in the electronic materials look over: Magdalena Sepúlveda et Refugee conventions Global population movements and Human trafficking Internally displaced people State obligations and duties

Migration Issues: Trafficking Reading: UN Office on Drugs and Crime. Toolkit to Combat Trafficking in Persons. Global Programme Against Trafficking in Human Beings. New York 2006.

Topics: Definition of trafficking and smuggling Trafficking routes

Trafficking and crime International legal and organizational approaches

Migration Issues: Migrant Workers Reading: “UN Fact Sheet: The Rights of Migrant Workers.” Fact Sheet 24.rev 1. [Also in the electronic materials look over: Magdalena Sepúlveda et al. PART FOUR: Chapter 8: “Migrant Workers”]

Emergence of Migrant Workers as a Human Rights Issue Migrant Workers in Thailand Violations faced by Migrant Workers

Right to Development Reading: Arjun Sengupta. “On the Theory and Practice of the Right to Development.” Human Rights Quarterly 24 (2002): 837-889. [Also in the electronic materials look over: Magdalena Sepúlveda et al. PART FIVE: Chapter 1: “Human Rights and Development”]

Topics: How Right to Development was incorporated Violations through development Rights Based Approach to Development

10.2 Indigenous and Minority Rights Reading: Magdalena Sepúlveda et al. PART FOUR: Chapter 7: “Indigenous Groups”

Topics: Substantive rights of indigenous and minority groups Problems of definition of indigenous and minority Political aspects of minority rights

11.1 New Treaties: Disability and Sexuality, Reading: AIFO. Training Manual on the Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Edited by Giampiero Griffo and Francesca Ortali. Ulaanbator, 2007.

Douglas Sanders. “Sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, intersexuality.” Routledge Encyclopedia of Human Rights. [2008] Also in the electronic materials look over: Magdalena Sepúlveda et al. PART FOUR: Chapter 9: “Disabled People”]

Topics: Substantive rights for disabled people Controversies for disabled people Concepts of universal design and reasonable accommodation

Assessment UDHR test 10% Test on the articles of the UDHR

HR Violations test Received: 9 Feb Due: 28 February 20% Take home test on determining violations in specific case studies