Politics of Human Rights

University of the South Pacific

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Politics of Human Rights

  • Host University

    University of the South Pacific

  • Location

    Suva, Fiji

  • Area of Study

    Political Science

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    (PL2% and PL2%) or (HP2% and HP2%) or (PL2% and HP2%)

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    Human Rights continue to be a contested and debated phenomenon in the international arena. This course introduces students to some of the key political debates relating to human rights (primarily focusing on universalism and cultural relativism) while also addressing key concerns regarding the applicability of human rights norms in regions such as Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America, Europe and the Pacific. Aspects of international law regarding the acceptance of international instruments in an era of an increasing tension between realist and liberal internationalist approaches to world affairs will be discussed in relation to Pacific Island states as will the proposed development of a regional mechanism for human rights. Human rights as a concept and practical reality will be deconstructed as students are encouraged to explore the various generations of rights and assess their applicability and relevance to individuals, groups, states and regions.

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