Document Type

Undergraduate Syllabus


Spring 2023



Course Number

DIPL 4106 AA

Course Description

This course introduces students to the historical development and emergence of the human rights movement that began several decades ago, particularly following World War II. With four interrelated parts, the course begins by examining some of the historical antecedents that led to the crafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the subsequent normative instruments spanning civil and political rights, economic, social, and cultural rights. This is followed by the second part where specific human rights topics will be discussed based on globally agreed standards such as the Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), and the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). The third part focusses on overall enforcement mechanisms that exist at international. regional as well as domestic levels. The final part raises some of the contemporary topics such as climate change, pandemics, and technology as they relate to human rights.

Overall, the course endeavors to provide a firm grounding to students' understanding on human rights regimes and the institutions mandated to protect same.