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PACS6915: Human Rights, Peace and Justice

This unit explores the interrelationship between human rights, peace and justice in theory and in practice. We examine the philosophical underpinnings, legal instruments, political struggles and ethical challenges involved in understanding and attaining human rights locally and globally. Students will engage in debates about global responsibilities for the prevention and prosecution of mass human rights violations and the means of promoting peace with justice through specific rights such as those of women, refugees, indigenous peoples and the non-human environment.

Code PACS6915
Academic unit Sociology and Criminology
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. appreciate the contested origins and definitions of human rights
  • LO2. identify a range of international and national human rights instruments and understand the human rights norms they seek to promote
  • LO3. appreciate the challenges of reconciling between divergent and sometimes competing human rights
  • LO4. understand philosophical and political tensions embedded within human rights, including the perceived dichotomy between universality and cultural relativism, and between state sovereignty and the responsibility of the international community to protect populations against gross human rights violations
  • LO5. identify appropriate methods for the attainment of human rights through international and domestic law and through human rights advocacy
  • LO6. appreciate connections between the philosophical, political, legal and cultural debates about rights, peace and justice
  • LO7. understand perceptions of both complementarity and competition between human rights and peace and justice
  • LO8. demonstrate scholarly skills including the ability to engage critically with concepts, definitions, and a wide range of sources; formulate topics of enquiry; conduct independent research; and construct persuasive and well-documented arguments in accordance with prescribed standards.

Unit outlines

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