Checking date: 17/04/2024

Course: 2024/2025

Human rights theory and history
Bachelor in Law (2008 Study Plan) (Plan: 149 - Estudio: 206)

Coordinating teacher: RIBOTTA , SILVINA VERONICA

Department assigned to the subject: International Law, Ecclesiastical Law and Philosophy of Law Department

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 3.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Theory of Law and Sociology of Law
General aims of the subject Theory and History of Human Rights 1.- Essential knowledge in the field of reflection on the problems of the justice of Law and the legitimacy of power, in general, and in particular on the rights-based theories. 2.- Ability to take a position on the concept of rights and their role in the constitutional order. 3 .- Knowledge of the techniques that ensure rights in the Spanish¿s constitutional culture 5.- Facilitating analysis and debate and ethical valuation of current legal problems and possible solutions. 6.- Appreciation of the need to understand and evaluate human rights from an intellectual, critical and rigorous view. Specific aspects on which the student will be assessed 1.- Knowledge and understanding of the various topics covered in the program 2.- Analytical capacity and critical perspective 3.- Relating human rights problems to other aspects of society. 4.- Rigorous approach to different questions and academic effort
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
First lecture. Human rights and theories of justice 1.1. Some theories of justice 1.2. The rights based theories of justice Second lecture.- What are the rights and why they must be protected? 2.1. Conceptual approach 2.2. Historical approach: the processes of development rights 2.3. Human dignity 2.4. The values of rights: liberty, equality, solidarity and legal certainty Third lecture .- What are the rights? 3.1. Individual and civil rights 3.2. Political rights 3.3. Economic, social and cultural rights 3.4. New rights Fourth lecture .- Who are the holders of rights? 4.1. The holders of rights. The 'borders' of rights 4.2. The owners of the duties. Rights and powers
Learning activities and methodology
PRACTICAL WORK AND PRACTICE MARK a) Practice sessions The students work and participation, including presentations, in these sessions will be assessed. The students can also do texts commentaries or an original essay as practice work. The assessment of this Practice work accounting for 50% of the Final mark. b) Theoretical work and Theory mark For the assessment of the Theory sessions there will be the Final exam. The assessment of this Theoretical part accounting for 50% of the Final mark.
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 50
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 50

Extraordinary call: regulations
Basic Bibliography
  • FREEMAN, M.. Human Rights. Polity. 3rh Edition 2017
  • ISHAY, M.R.,. The history of human Rights from Ancient Times to the Globalization Era. University of California Press. 2004
  • WALDRON, J. (ed.),. Theories of Rights. Oxford University Press. 1984
Additional Bibliography
  • BENHABID, S.,. The Claims of Culture: Equality and Diversity in the Global Era,. Princenton University Press. 2002
  • GROSS, O.; NÍ AOLÁIN, F., . Law in Times of Crisis: Emergency Powers in Theory and Practice,. Cambridge University Press. 2006
  • HUNT, L., . Inventing Human Rigts: A History,. Norton. 2007
  • LAUREN, P.G., . The Evolution of International Human Rights,. University of Pennsylvania Press. 1998
  • RIEFF, D., . "Humanitarianism in Crisis",. Foreign Affairs, 81, 2002, pp. 111-122.
  • TURNER, B.S., . Vulnerability and Human Rights. Pennsylvania State University Press. 2006

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.