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POLI 2438 Comparative Politics of Human Rights (Fall: 3 )

Course Description

Human rights are rights we may claim simply by virtue of being human. They define, in a very fundamental way, the relationship between individuals and the states that govern them. They include things that the state cannot legitimately do to us, such as torture, forced disappearance, and exclusion from the political process. They also include things we must have access to, one way or another, such as adequate food, education, housing, and health care. This course addresses the following questions. Which rights, if any, are human rights, and why? Are human rights truly universal, or do rights vary in accordance with the cultures and political systems in which we live? Why are human rights violated when and where they are? Do certain political, economic, and/or cultural factors make human rights violations more or less likely? What should be done about egregious violations of human rights and who should do it?

Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Jennie Purnell

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 21-Mar-18