GEET 311 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Politics of Human Rights
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
GEET 311
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
4

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Service Course
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives This course is designed to introduce students with the development of human rights as a global phenomenon, an international legal regime transgressing state borders. Our aim is to explore certain questions pertaining to human rights: What is it that we call “human rights”? In what historical periods can we locate progress and expansion in human rights? What do human rights stand for/against? What does it mean to have human rights with a claim to universality? By giving priority to primary texts and documents on human rights, we will try to understand this historical, legal, and political concept both in theory and practice.
Learning Outcomes The students who succeeded in this course;
  • to be able to explain political history of human rights
  • to be able to evaluate changes in human rights during the globalization process
  • to be able to explain use of child labor within the context of human rights violations
  • to be able to analyze climate change within the context of human rights violations
  • to be able to explain economic, social and political aspects of human rights in Turkey
Course Content Our course will proceed on the basis of three parts. In the first part, we will have a general introduction to the course, and will read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 adopted by the United Nations. In this part, we will also spend time on a broad yet somewhat nuanced enough trajectory of human rights. In so doing, we will try to diagnose and shed light upon certain keystones, radical shifts, and arguably progressive moments in historical development of conceptual, political and legal articulations of human rights. In the second part, we will focus on the early 20th century developments on human rights; such as the two world wars, the Nuremberg Trials, and the international recognition of “crimes against humanity” and genocide. We will spare our last few weeks on the decolonization period onwards. In this part we will discuss issues such as right to self-determination, child labor, migrant workers, and rights of persons with disabilities.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction to the course: Presentation and an overview of the course, course organization, requirements and methods of evaluation Sabine Carey et al. “The Concept of Human Rights,” in The Politics of Human Rights, pp. 7-39.
2 What is “politics of human rights”? Sabine C. Carey et al. “The Concept of Human Rights,” pp. 7-39. Universal Declaration of Human Rights, http://www.un.org/en/udhrbook/pdf/udhr_booklet_en_web.pdf.
3 Early Foundations: Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern State of Rights Jack Donnelly, Universal Human Rights in Theory and Practice, pp. 81-92.
4 The Rights of Man and Citizen: American and French Revolutions “The Declaration of Independence” (1776) “Bill of Rights” (1791) “The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen” (1789)
5 Midterm I
6 “The Rights of Man and Citizen” I: American Revolution & American Civil WarHuman Rights in Early 20th Century: WWI & WWII UN Charter, Nuremberg Trials, Convention on Genocide (1948) European Convention on Human Rights (1950)
7 Torture and the Rights of the Prisoners of War Andrew Clapham, “The International Crime of Torture,” in Human Rights: A Very Short Introduction, pp. 81-95. Geneva Conventions (1949) UN Convention against Torture (1984)
8 Rights of Refugees UN Convention Relating to Status of Refugees (1951) Sabine C. Carey et al. The Politics of Human Rights, pp. 81-86.
9 Racial and Sexual Discrimination US Constitution, 13th-14th-15th Amendments Martin Luther King JR. “I Have A Dream” International Convention on Racial Discrimination (1965) International Convention on Discrimination against Women (1979)
10 Midterm II
11 Is Human Rights a Hegemonic Idea? Decolonization, Right to Self-Determination, and Twin Covenants Samuel Moyn, “Why Anticolonialism Wasn’t a Human Rights Movement,” in The Last Utopia, pp. 84-119. International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (1966) International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966)
12 Protection of Children, Migrant Workers, and Persons with Disabilities UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1990) UN Convention on the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers and Their Families (1990) UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006)
13 Considering the Planet: Animal Rights and Green Movements Sue Donaldson / Will Kymlika, “Universal Basic Rights for Animals,” in Zoopolis, pp. 19-49.
14 Conclusions
15 Review of the Semester  
16 Review of the Semester  

 

Course Textbooks
References

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Requirements Number Percentage
Participation
14
10
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
15
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
2
50
Final / Oral Exam
1
25
Total

Contribution of Semester Work to Final Grade
17
75
Contribution of Final Work to Final Grade
1
25
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Course Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
Including exam week: 16 x total hours
16
Study Hours Out of Class
15
1
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
15
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Portfolios
Midterms / Oral Exams
2
10
Final / Oral Exam
1
20
    Total
118

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Qualifications / Outcomes
* Level of Contribution
1
2
3
4
5
1 To be able to assess psychological concepts and perspectives, interpret and evaluate data using scientific methods
2 To be able to develop a curiosity and interest towards the mind and its phenomena, to possess a sense of critical and scientific reflexion and ability to analyze new information.
3 Ability to make use of theoretical and applied knowledge in local and global levels.
4 To have a basic knowledge of other disciplines that can contribute to psychology and to be able to make use of this knowledge
5 To possess and value societal, scientific and ethical principles in collecting, interpreting and publishing psychological data
6 To have knowledge of how psychology is positioned as a scientific discipline from a historical perspective, and to know with what methods it views behavioural and mental processes
7 To be able to distinguish between the emphases of fundamental theories and perspectives of psychology (behavioural, biological, cognitive, evolutionary, social, developmental, humanistic, psychodynamic and sociocultural) and compare and express their differences and similarities, contributions and limitations
8 The competence to share psychological knowledge based and qualitative and quantitative data with experts and lay people, using effective communication skills
9 To have the awareness of interpersonal and societal problems and phenomena and adopt this awareness in psychological problems and researches.
10 Competence to make use of applied and theoretical psychological knowledge to make contributions to industrial development and provide solutions to problems
11 To possess essential knowledge of techniques and instrumentation for psychological measurement and evaluation

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest