This unit provides a historical perspective to contemporary issues of human rights. It considers conceptions of humankind and notions of rights from the earliest times to the present, focusing on some of the following: the relationship of citizenship and slavery in the classical Greece; the role of Christianity, canon law and natural rights traditions in western Europe; common law rights in the English speaking world; religious pluralism and freedom of conscience; natural law, the law of nations and the implications of the Enlightenment; the struggle over slavery; liberal and socialist visions of rights; the rights of women; national self-determination and internationalism; the rules of war and refuge; individual and collective rights in a globalised world.
ASSESSMENT: Class participation (10%), 1000-word exercise (20%), group project, including oral presentation and 2,000-word written report (30%); 3,000-word essay (40%).
TEACHING PATTERN: One 2 hr seminar per week and one day conference
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