Welcome - Human Rights and Politics POLI 5303   Human Rights and Politics
This course will examine the evolving place of human rights in politics, both comparative and international. We begin by examining the historic emergence of human rights as an issue in world politics, principally since the Second World War and their conceptual foundations. We then focus on a number of specific topics and controversies concerning human rights in world politics, including: the sources of and struggle to end human rights abusive regimes; the multilateral politics of human rights; human rights in national foreign policies; the rights of indigenous peoples; genocide; humanitarian intervention, and the responsibility to protect; the relationship between globalization and human rights; and the 'Global War on Terrorism' and human rights. Finally we look at the role of human rights in domestic politics, focusing on the issues of women’s rights and sexual orientation.
PREREQUISITES: Permission of the instructor.