Document Type

Undergraduate Syllabus


Fall 2012



Course Number

DIPL 4106 NA

Course Description

Human rights is a powerful idea and, hence, a source of numerous controversies. Some controversies, although not all, stem from the fact that human rights is not only an ideal, but also a political tool which different forces try to bend to their own ends. We will look at selected intellectual and political puzzles involved in human rights theory and practice and explore central institutions of the international human rights regime.

Endeavor to actively engage the texts. These debates concern essential issues on which you must decide. We will devote most of our time dissecting and debating the readings. Ideally, each of you will be moved on different days to take the initiative in discussing our readings. Hence, read intensively the material assigned each week and be prepared to discuss it in class.

Laptops should be used only for taking notes.