Global issues: human rights
Time: 18:30 - 20:30
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
Course Code: HPC108
Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)
What is the course about?
There are a number of ways in which the global challenges are addressed; from above, through ‘global governance’ mechanisms such as through state-to-state agreements and declarations; or from below, such as through grass roots organisations and social movements.
Human rights play a critical role in framing and shaping responses to global issues such as poverty and inequality, education, political repression and authoritarianism, marginalisation, as well as challenges regarding the natural environment, such as disaster relief and climate change. But employing ‘human rights’ as a way of tackling global challenges always comes with its own ethical and practical issues: human rights do not mean the same for everyone, and they are not politically neutral. For this reason, the course also promotes critical thinking and evaluation of this phenomenon.
Overall, the course cuts across the fields of human rights, social movements, political and social science, globalisation, and modern history.
This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.
What will we cover?
The course will run across three sessions.
The first session will explore the concept of human rights itself, and how this can be used as a lens through which to understand and practically address some of the challenges facing the world today. It will contextualise and set human rights apart from the many other ways in which global challenges are being and have been addressed.
The second session will look at the institutional and social organisations surrounding the implementation of human rights to global challenges, as well as presenting a variety of case studies.
Finally, the third session will invite students to produce their own ideas into the classroom to guide a more in-depth discussion tailored to participants own interests.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Define and apply the key concepts surrounding human rights and development
- Compare and contrast different understandings of ‘global challenges’
- Identify and critically evaluate various organisations’ application of human rights in tackling global challenges
- Communicate your own critical arguments through presentations and writing.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for anyone with an interest in global issues today, spanning the social, economic, and political spheres. It does not require any in-depth knowledge on any particular subject, but curiosity will be key! Students will be encouraged to use the course to explore their own.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course will be delivered through ‘blended learning’, meaning that you will be given pre-class readings and exercises, while the classroom time will be split between a one hour lecture-style component, and one hour for clarifications and discussions based on the pre-class activities. You should expect to set aside around 1-2 hours for these activities, although there are further readings should you wish to do more!
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
There are no additional additional costs to this course. Necessary reading materials will be provided for free, although the course will recommend some useful and affordable books that might be of interest to students. All you will need is either a pen and paper and/or a laptop.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Please go to our website to learn more of our other courses in our global issues series:
HPC107 Global issues: conflicts
HPC11: Global issues: migration.