Course code: IKF225
Course name: Intercultural Approaches to Human Rights
Location: Bergen (Sandviken)
Academic year: 2021–2022
Credits: 10 ECTS Credits
Single subject: Yes
Application: Apply at our local applicationpage
Required prerequisite knowledge
Higher Education Entrance Qualification and in addition 60 ECT in social science, humanities, journalism, social studies or teacher education.
Recommended prerequisite knowledge
60 ECT in intercultural studies or similar is recommended.
Relevance within study programme
Optional course in the Intercultural Studies bachelor program.
Learning outcomes descriptors
On completion of the course, the candidate should have achieved the following learning outcomes:
- has knowledge about the historical and cultural context of United Nations´ Universal Declaration of Human Rights
- has knowledge about the scientific discussion on the universal validity of the declaration
- has knowledge about the scientific discussion on key political and cultural challenges and human rights violations in different cultural contexts, and can update his/her knowledge on human rights violations and human rights work
- has acquaintance with research on characteristics of modern human trafficking and slavery
- is aware of research on various forms of human rights work and how human rights violations can be sanctioned
- can discuss and disseminate knowledge about the cultural background of the UN Declaration of Human Rights and the question of the universal validity of the Declaration
- can find, assess, and refer to information and academic literature, and present this to shed light on issues related to political and cultural challenges and human rights violations in different cultural contexts.
- can identify and discuss the characteristics of modern human trafficking and slavery
- can apply his/her knowledge of human rights work, human rights bodies and various forms of human rights violations to assess various forms of work strategies to promote human rights
- has action competence and preparedness for action related to respect for human rights in Norway and internationally
Teaching and learning methods
Lectures and seminars including group discussions and exercises.
Ap. 300 hours.
No coursework requirement.
5 days individual home examination, ca 4000 words (+/- 15%).
Permitted aids under examination
Grades are given on a scale from A to E for a pass grade and F for a fail grade.
English or any Scandinavian languages.
No work placement.
10 ECT against IKF 223 Menneskerettigheter.
10 ECT against IKF215 Menneskerettigheter i interkulturelt perspektiv
A course evaluation will be carried out in line with NLA’s quality system.
Available for Course Students
Reading list and academic resources
(ca. 750 pages):
There might be adjustments until the semester start.
NB. Literature marked with * are provided in an electronical compendium.
*an-Na´im, A. A. A. and Deng, F. M. (eds.) (1990). 'Problems of Universal Cultural Legitimacy for Human Rights , In Human Rights in Africa: cross-cultural perspectives. Washington, D.C.: The Brookings Institution, s. 331-367 (36 s.)
*Beitz, C. (2009) The Idea of Human Rights, Oxford, Oxford University Press, kap. 7, s. 161-197. (36 s.)
*Bertone, Andrea M. 2013. "Trafficking for Sexual Exploitation." In Human Rights. Politics and Practice, edited by Michael Goodhart, 255-70. Oxford: Oxford University Press, (15s)
Buergenthal, T, Shelton, D. and Stewart, D. (2010): International Human Rights in a Nutshell, 4th ed. At. Paul, West Publishing. Kap 2, 29-159, kap. 3 160-255, kap. 5 -6, 327-411, og kap. 8 481-499. (327p.)
Cardenas, S. (2010): Human rights in Latin America : A politics of terror and hope. Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania Press.s1- 82. (82 s.)
Freeman, Michael (2017): Human rights. 2nd edition. Cambridge, Polity Press. (221s)
*Habermas, Jürgen (2012). The Concept of Human Dignity and the Realistic Utopia of Human Rights. In: Corradetti, C. (Ed.): Philosophical Dimensions of Human Rights - Some Contemporary Views. London. Springer, s. 63-79. (16 s.)
Mayer, A. E. (2013). Islam and Human Rights. Tradition and Politics. xi-xvii (forord/preface), kap.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7,9 appendiks A og B. Boulder: Westview Press. (150 s.) The rest of the book is recommended.
*Shi, T. and Lu, J. (2010) The shadow of Confucianism. In Journal of democracy vol. 21. No 4, October 2010, s. 123-130. (7 s.)
*Talbott, W. J. (2007). Which Rights Should Be Universal? Oxford: Oxford University Press, kap. 3. (9 s.)
*Wang, J. (2001). China and the Universal Human Rights Standards. Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce, Vol. 29, Nr. 1. (23 s.)
*Weatherley, R. (2001). The Evolution of Chinese Thinking on Human Rights in the Post-Mao Era. The Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, Vol. 17, Nr. 2. (24 s.)
*Yasuaki, O (2000). In Quest of Intercivilizational Human Rights: Universal vs. Relative Human Rights Viewed from an Asian Perspective. Asia Pacific Journal of Human Rights and the Law, Vol. 1, Nr. 1. (36 s).
Recommended literature/ Norwegian alternative to International Human Rights in a Nutshell:
Strand, V. B. og K. M. Larsen 2015: Menneskerettigheter i et nøtteskall. Oslo, Gyldendal. (15-107).
Key human rights documents etc.
The UN Charter
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
The UN Convention on Civil and Political Rights
The International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
The European Human Rights Convention
ILO-convention 169: indigenous people
International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination
UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women
UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities
Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment
International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families
International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance
The Norwegian Constitution
The law on promoting human rights’ position in Norwegian Law (The Human Rights Act).
Relevant decisions from the European human rights court, the UN human Rights Commission etc.