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IR 571 – International Human Rights

1.  Course Number:              IR 571                     Credits:  3         Contact hours: 45


2.  Course Title:                     International Human Rights              


3.  Pre-requisites:                   Six 300-400 level PS or IR courses or IR 500


4.  Course Description:

Meaning, scope and utilization of human rights in international relations and diplomacy. The historical and ideological background of human rights, the content and interpretations of internationally recognized human rights, principles and norms, institutions and procedures, the protection of human rights and specific human rights issues in our contemporary world.


5. Learning Outcomes

Upon Successful completion of this course, students will be able:

To explain the problems of definition in the field of human rights Exam
To distinguish the different cultural approaches to the concept of human rights Exam
To examine the main lines of historical and institutional progress made in human rights Exam
To analyze the major problems in the observation of, respect for, and violation of human rights Paper
To evaluate the effectiveness and importance of IGOs & NGOs in defending human rights Exam

To appraise the major issues, problems, and prospects facing human rights today


6.  Basic Texts:

Title:                Human Rights In The World : An Introduction To The Study Of The International Protection Of Human Rights, 4th                              

Authors:          A.H. Robertson and J.G. Merrills

Publisher:        Manchester University Press, 1997



7.  Additional Reading and Supplemental Texts:

As assigned by instructor.



8.  Mode of Delivery:

Classroom instruction. See Addendum for specific details.

9. Course Outline:

  • General introduction to the course
  • Historical and ideological groundings of human rights
  • Content of contemporary international human rights
  • The protection of human rights through the United Nations 
    and its specialized agencies
  • Midterm examination
  • The protection of human rights through regional organizations
  • Regionalism and universalism in the protection furtherance 
    and compatibilities of human rights
  • Human rights in domestic systems
  • Conclusion and summary
  • Final examination