HUMR5702 - Human Rights and Sustainable Development: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Theory and Practices

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Course content

This course addresses different ways of thinking about the relationship between development and international human rights. It discusses shifts in the conceptualisation of development and examines the increasingly more central place of human rights in the development discourse, as expressed in ideas about “development as freedom”, “rights-based development” and the “right to development” as a human right. These global discourses of development and human rights are contrasted with localised ideas of “rights”, “development”, and “civil society”, as these may vary between societies and normative traditions.

The course also offers critical examinations of these conceptual developments by addressing human rights in the practices of international development agencies, as appropriated by civil society, and thorough the application of a rights based approach to selected human rights issues like, e.g., the HIV/AIDS pandemic and marginality and poverty.

Learning outcome

Knowledge

  • Good knowledge of the different conceptions of development and how human rights became an important development issue through the right to development discourse
  • Good knowledge about the notion of human rights based-approaches to development
  • Good knowledge of key analytical and practical issues that emerge when human rights are integrated into the strategies of development institutions
  • Good knowledge of the main contemporary challenges and controversies pertaining to poverty a as a human rights issue
  • Good knowledge about how development policies impact on the respect for, protection of and fulfilment of human rights

Skills

  • Analyse how social, cultural and economic development may imply human rights challenges and violations
  • Find the applicable source material and identify and interpret the relevant substantive rules and principles as they arise in case law, are being adhered to in public policies, and serve as rallying points in civic action
  • Understand the obstacles and challenges of integrating human rights and development, both from a legal and public policy position
  • Critically evaluate existing treaties, rules and practices for the protection of human rights in development contexts, including issues of equality

General competence

  • Write analytical reports and assessment studies of national and international development institutions, including public institutions and non-governmental organization
  • Understand the main interests and concerns relating to the protection of human rights in development contexts and processes
  • Analyse and assess the dynamic roles of civil and political as well as economic, social and cultural rights in development, and make use of this competence in development work

Admission

Students who are admitted to study programmes at UiO must each semester register which courses and exams they wish to sign up for in Studentweb.

If you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures.

You may register for this course if you have admission to a Master's programme at UiO. All applicants must fill the formal prerequisites.
Priority is given to students on the Master of Philosophy programme in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights.

International applicants, if you are not already enrolled as a student at UiO, please see our information about admission requirements and procedures for international applicants

Students admitted to other Master's programmes may apply for guest student status.

Prerequisites

Recommended previous knowledge

Participants should have a general command of the subject matter studied in the first semester courses of the Master of Philosophy program in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights

Teaching

The course is conducted through lectures, seminars and student assignments.

Examination

Examination consists of a mid-term paper with a maximum of 2 500 words and a final assignment with a maximum of 4000 words.

The mid-term paper account for 40% of the total grade, the final assignment will account for 60%. One total grade is given for the whole coursework.

Students who fail or do not deliver the mid-term paper will not be able to sit for the final assignment at the end of the semester. In case of retake, a candidate must retake both examinations, even if the candidate has successfully passed one of the examinations.

Please note that if a student wish to file an appeal in only one of the examinations, both examinations will automatically undergo a regrading.

Use of sources and rules for citing.

Be sure that you are familiar with the use of sources and the rules for citing/quoting from others’ work
UiO uses a plagiarism checking tool as one of several instruments for detecting suspicion of cheating and attempted cheating.

Examination support material

All support material allowed

 

Language of examination

The examination text is given in English, and you submit your response in English.

Grading scale

Grades are awarded on a scale from A to F, where A is the best grade and F is a fail. Read more about the grading system.

Explanations and appeals

Resit an examination

If a student has submitted a written assignment a second time in the same course s/he can only submit it in a new version. This means that there must be another title and theme, or that the new version must be considerably changed from the first version.

Withdrawal from an examination

It is possible to take this exam up to 3 times. If you withdraw from the exam after the deadline or during the exam, this will be counted as an examination attempt.

There are special rules for resitting a passed examination in the master's programme in Law.

Special examination arrangements

Application form, deadline and requirements for special examination arrangements.

Evaluation

The course is subject to continuous evaluation. At regular intervals we also ask students to participate in a more comprehensive evaluation.

Facts about this course

Credits

10

Level

Master

Teaching

Every spring

Examination

Every spring

Teaching language

English