New Course for Fall 2016: PHL3010 Human Rights: Theory and Practice
In this course, we will critically examine different theories of human rights, including non-Western approaches to human rights, and we will consider the development of international human rights law. We will examine the concept of human rights and the moral and political foundations of this idea. We will analyze the distinction between civil and political rights, socio-economic rights, and group rights, and we will consider challenges to socio-economic rights and group rights. We will also examine challenges to international human rights discourse, particularly the challenge of cultural relativism. Finally, we will focus on particular cases and issues, such as women’s rights, LGBT rights,racial non-discrimination, the rights of refugees, indigenous rights and the right to self-determination, subsistence rights (food, housing, health care), the prohibition of torture, humanitarian intervention, and environmental human rights. In addition to reading philosophical texts, we will read international human rights treaties and cases, and we will consider how the system of international human rights law operates in practice.
Meet Our Presidents: Briana Reid and Derick Stoker.
The Presidents of the Philosophy Club this year are John O’Callghan and Patrick Gillespie. Please contact them if you are interested in being involved in the Philosophy Club. For upcoming events, please see the Philosophy Club’s Facebook page.