10535 Human Rights in International Relations 1

Credits: 6 advanced credits in Political Science & International Relations

Prerequisites: 36 credits, including one of the following: Introduction to International Relations or Introduction to Political Thought. Students must also fulfill all English requirements and bibliographic instruction in the library.

Author: Zion Evrony

The course discusses questions and dilemmas that characterize the issue of human rights in international relations. It aims to increase students’ awareness of the growing importance of the issue in world diplomacy.

Topics: The development of the idea of human rights, its religious and secular roots, its significance, the North-South debate and efforts to reach a universal definition; The development of the international human rights regime; The international community and the protection of specific groups: minorities, refugees, women, children; International organizations for the protection of human rights and their effectiveness; Human rights in the foreign policy of the United States and the European Union; The transformation in South Africa as a successful example of action by the international community to protect human rights; Human rights in Israel and its foreign policy; International activities for the protection of human rights in the 21st century – failures and successes.

1Students may write a seminar paper in this course, although it is not required.