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Rights and justice in international relations
Can the concept of human rights be applied across borders or are rights culturally specific? Is it realistic, or even desirable, to aim at an international system based on universal principles of justice? This free course, Rights and justice in international relations, takes a critical view of the assumption that 'rights are a good thing' and looks at the problems that arise when they are applied in the international arena.
Course learning outcomes
After studying this course, you should be able to:
- understand the different interpretations of internationally recognised notions of rights and justice
- give examples of implementing justice in an international sphere
- investigate questions in international studies
- analyse the different agencies of change in the international system.
First Published: 14/08/2012
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- Learning outcomes
- 1 International human rights: an introduction
- 2 The United Nations settlement
- 3 Defining rights
- 4 Defining justice
- 5 Rights in the international arena
- 5 Rights in the international arena
- 5.1 Rights, justice and international politics
- 5.2 Human rights in the international arena
- 5.3 Problems with international rights
- 5.4 The influence of the Western perspective
- 5.5 Feminist critiques of international rights
- 5.6 Against whom are rights claims made?
- 5.7 Relating individual rights to state sovereignty
- 5.8 Review of criticisms of international rights
- 6 International justice – communitarian and cosmopolitan perspectives
- 7 Conclusion
- 8 Further reading
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