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Futures: The Globalization of Human Rights


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On this postgraduate-level short course, Futures: The Globalization of Human Rights, we examine present developments and tendencies in the theories and practices of human rights from a prospective and planetary perspective.

Addressing various critiques on the conception, practice and enforcement of human rights, from the standpoint of 'non-Western' peoples and traditions, we will explore how recent ideas of human rights and humanitarianism interact with transformational economic, social and political phenomena, usually grouped under the term 'globalisation'. Specifically, we focus on the ongoing transformations of international relations since the beginning of the twenty-first century. We also consider alternative genealogies of human rights and track the potential impact of the rise of Asian and Latin peoples upon global regulation, political economic models and notions of human rights.

We will explore the question of access to common goods as a social right rather than as a matter of private debt. To do so, we will:

  • look at recent calls to emphasise 'southern voices' in the interests of a more just international order and a healthy cosmopolitan discipline
  • re-examine the history of human rights
  • consider matters of policy, both domestic and international.

This course is ideal if you have a professional or personal interest in the field of law. You will also find it of particular interest if you wish to enhance your career through Continuing Professional Development in this area. 

This short course is assessed by a 4000-word essay.

30 credits at level 7

  • Entry requirements

    Entry requirements

    Most of our short courses have no formal entry requirements and are open to all students.

    This short course has no prerequisites.

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