Human Rights in International Relations

School of Social Sciences of the Singapore Management University

Academic Year 2014/15

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This module is a 300-level multidisciplinary course of political science and international law, covering the main literature and debates in human rights in international relations.

It includes:

  1. The origin of contemporary human rights concepts in political theory, 
  2. The evolution of human rights in public international law since the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 
  3. International and regional human rights mechanisms, 
  4. Domestic implementation of human rights and 
  5. Human rights in foreign policy in the post-war international relations.

Numerous case studies are introduced for class discussions. Each week introduces one topic in human rights in international relations, followed by student presentations and Q&As. The module also runs simulations of the Unites Nations Human Rights Council on given topics.