Course code EDS245

EDS245 Human Rights and Development

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Course responsible: William Derman
ECTS credits: 10
Faculty: Department of International Environment and Development Studies
Teaching language: EN
(NO=norsk, EN=Engelsk)
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Teaching exam periods:
This course starts in Spring parallel. This course has teaching/evaluation in Spring parallel.
Course frequency: Annually
First time: 2009V
Preferential right:
Course contents:
Engelsk:Human rights has become increasingly important as an approach to a normative-based approach to development theory, policy and practice. By the addition of economic and social rights to civil and political rights, human rights laws make development central to the realization of virtually all human rights. This course considers the range of economic, social and cultural rights in light of how, if implemented, it can augment or alter paths to social and economic development and equality. The class will consider among others the right to food, to water, to health, to property, to work, to a clean environment, to gender equality, et al. States" (and other international institutions) practices will be examined in light of how they respect, protect and fulfil their obligations under the range of human rights principles and laws. With the tremendous growth of international business, investment agreements and trade, the class will consider the possibilities and effects existing human rights law might have upon international business practices. Throughout the course critiques of human rights approaches will be covered, especially those which focus on their western biases, their ineffectiveness, or their costs. The aim is to support students in their understanding of human rights law, its uses, its limits and how it can be used to support development.
Learning outcome:
1. To give an overview and academic understanding of major theories in international human rights: 2.To enable course participants to critically discuss and use these theories and concepts in development policy in their social, economic and environmental context: 3. To develop awareness of values and normative approaches in development including the tensions and contradictions in human rights-based approaches to development theory, policy and practice.
Learning activities:
The course employs a problem-oriented approach to development policy. Learning builds on active participation and interaction between course participants and teachers to enable sharing of diverse experiences and academic insights. Major learning methods are (i) lectures, (ii) assisted information search and management, (iii) self-directed work and individual writing, (iv) group work, (v) presentations and discussion in class.
Teaching support:
see Norwegian text.
Recommended prerequisites:
Mandatory activity:
Two assignments: 1. an article review exploring a human rights issue. 2. A group project exploring a human rights-based case study.
There will be one exam based upon an article exploring a human rights issue. This is worth 15% of the grade. A group project exploring a human rights-based case study. This is worth 25% of the grade. And a final written exam worth 60% of the grade. The Exam is in ENGLISH ONLY.
Nominal workload:
300 hours
Entrance requirements:
Minimum requirements for entrance to higher education in Norway (generell studiekompetanse)
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Type of course:
There will be two lectures with discussion each week. In addition, there will be group work. Participants are expected to spend additional time on group work and self-directed study.
A human rights expert with a PhD will examine the fairness and content of the final examination.
Allowed examination aids: No calculator, other aids as specified
Examination details: Continuous exam: A - E / Ikke bestått