Human Rights in Theory and Practice

POLSCI 272

The nature and value of human rights; examining some major debates over their status and meaning and assessing the role which the idea of human rights has played in changing lives, practices, and institutions. Questions considered include: whether commitments to human rights depend on a belief in moral truth; whether the idea of universal human rights makes sense in a culturally diverse world; and what forms of social action are most likely to achieve respect for human rights. One course.

Crosslisting Numbers: 

PUBPOL 231
PHIL 262
ICS 272
Documentary Studies
Study of Ethics
Global Health

Curriculum Codes: 

CCI, CZ, EI, SS