4708976: CF_Human Rights (Lecture)

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Semester:SS 19
Scheduled in semester:1-6
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:24.0 L / 18.0 h
Self-directed study time:72.0 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Bachelor's degree programme in Business Administration (01.09.2012)
Master's degree programme in Architecture (01.09.2014)
Bachelor's degree programme in Architecture (01.09.2014)
Cross faculty elective subjects (01.09.2014)
Master's degree programme in Information Systems (01.09.2015)
Master's degree programme in Finance (01.09.2015)
Master's degree programme in Entrepreneurship (01.09.2015)


Human rights play a central role in world affairs. As moral, legal, and political norms and standards, human rights are meant to protect individuals' and groups' fundamental rights and freedoms. This introductory lecture is divided into two parts:
In the first part, we'll be looking into the following general questions about human rights: What are human rights? What is their history? What are the mechanisms and instruments of their protection?
In the second part, we'll be investigating practical instances in which the protection of human rights is seriously endangered by: culture, business, technology, and terrorism.
As human rights are at the crossroads of philosophy, law, and politics, this course will show the interconnections between and differences of these three areas. This approach will enable students to gain a comprehensive and interdisciplinary grasp of human rights.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • Describe and familiarize with important theoretical (philosophical) and practical (legal and political) aspects of human rights
  • Understand the differences and the complementarity between the perspectives on human rights
  • Relate the theoretical and practical conceptions of human rights to relevant contemporary debates
  • Formulate their personal opinions about human rights.
  • Develop critical thinking.


Lectures Method

Lectures, written examination

Admission Requirements

  • No prior knowledge on human rights is required.
  • An attendance of the seminar "Fundamentals of Philosophy" is recommended


- Rowan Cruft, et alii, eds., Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015.)
- James Griffin, On Human Rights (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2008.)
- Charles Beitz, The Idea of Human Rights (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009.)
- Christian Tomuschat, Human Rights. Between Idealism and Realism, 3rd ed. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014.)
- Alison Renteln, The Cultural Defense (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2004.)

Relevant Web-resources and academic articles (particularly for the essay) will be available on Moodle.

Exam Modalities

Written examination (100%): Essay exam (2500 - 3000 words, specific criteria will follow, choice of topics will be announced on the 29.05.2019 (sign in till 27.05.2019) to submit electronically via Moodle.

Participation in the Campus Talk, 20th February 2019, 6-7.3 pm "home and migration" (Heimat und Migration), Prof. Dr. Walter Leimgruber

Sign in for the lecture series and the examination, separately.

  • Written examination about lecture and the additional lecture as an exam essay.
  • The examination date of this irregular lecture: 29.05.2019 till 26.06.2019
  • Sign in till 27.05.2019
  • Topic will be announced 29.05.2019
  • Hand in your essay electronically till 26.06.2019, 24:00
  • There will be one repeat testing date - if requested - in winter semester 2019.


Passed / Failed


Cross-faculty elective subject:
Notice the special Multi-stage allocation process.


20.02.201918:30 - 20:00H1
27.02.201918:30 - 20:00H1
06.03.201918:30 - 20:00H1
13.03.201918:30 - 20:00H1
27.03.201918:30 - 20:00H1
03.04.201918:30 - 20:00H1
10.04.201918:30 - 20:00H1
17.04.201918:30 - 20:00H1
08.05.201918:30 - 20:00H1
15.05.201918:30 - 20:00H1
22.05.201918:30 - 20:00H1
29.05.201918:30 - 20:00H1


  • P-FU_Human Rights (Vorlesung) (SS 19, bewertet)
  • P-FU_Human Rights (Vorlesung) (WS 19/20, bewertet)