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Narrative and Human Rights

Human Rights
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

The aim of this course is to introduce you to the role of narrative in the field of human rights. We start by defining the concept of narrative and by presenting you the different dimensions it encompasses. Then, we analyse the use of narratives as a tool for empowerment and how the literary and story forms relate to the promotion and development of human rights. Lastly, we address the role of narrative in post-conflict societies.

Course Content

1. What is a narrative

2. The role of narrative in the history and development of human rights

3. Narrative as a tool of empowerment

4. Literary questions of narrative and human rights

5. Story forms and human rights

6. Narrative in post-conflict societies


C. Fred Alford - Narrative, Nature, and the Natural Law: From Aquinas to International Human Rights - Palgrave Macmillan (2010)

Dawes, J., & Gupta, S. 2014. “On Narrative and Human Rights.” Humanity: An International Journal of Human Rights, Humanitarianism, and Development 5(1). 149–156. doi:10.1353/hum.2014.0005.

Jonathan Todres, Sarah Higinbotham - Human Rights in Children's Literature: Imagination and the Narrative of Law - Oxford University Press (2016)