NE required or recommended reading from EACH of the first five weeks (for a total of 5 readings).

 

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NE required or recommended reading from EACH of the first five weeks (for a total of 5 readings).

Study Books Used in Class:
Week 1: United Nations (UN) 1948. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, on-line at: http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/index.shtml
United Nations (UN) 1996/2011. What Are Human Rights?, on-line at: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Pages/WhatareHumanRights.aspx

Week 2: Ishay, Micheline. 2004. ‘What Are Human Rights? Six Historical Controversies,’ Journal of Human Rights 3(3): 359-371.
Lauren, Paul. 2003. ‘My Brother’s and Sister’s Keeper: Visions and the Birth of Human Rights,’ The Evolution of International Human Rights: Visions Seen, Second Edition. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, pp. 4-36.

Week 3: Burgers, Jan Herman. 1992. ‘The Road to San Francisco: The Revival of the Human Rights Idea in the Twentieth Century,’ Human Rights Quarterly 14(4): 447-477.
Ishay, Micheline. 2004/2008. ‘The World Wars: The Institutionalization of International Rights and the Right to Self-Determination,’ The History of Human Rights: From Ancient Times to The Globalization Era. Berkeley: University of California Press, pp. 173-243.

Week 4: Ishay, Micheline. 2010. ‘The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 60: A Bridge to Which Future?’ Perspectives on Global Development and Technology, 9(1/2): 11-27.
Samnøy, Åshild. 1999. ‘The Origins of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,’ in Alfredsson, Gudmundur and Eide, Asbjørn (eds) The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: A Common Standard of Achievement. The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, pp. 3-22.

Week 5: United Nations, Office of the High Commissioner For Human Rights (OHCHR). 2008. Working with the United Nations Human Rights Programme: A Handbook for Civil Society. New York and Geneva: OHCHR, on-line at: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/AboutUs/CivilSociety/Documents/Handbook_en.pdf [Selections: pp. 1-13; 31-45; 75-89]

Description:
task in this essay is to demonstrate your engagement with the material from the first five weeks of the course. Address your essay to the following question:

Are human rights an intrinsically ‘Western’ construct? Discuss with reference to ONE required or recommended reading from EACH of the first five weeks (for a total of 5 readings).

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