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Sociology of Human Rights

Human Rights
Enrollment in this course is by invitation only

About This Course

The aim of this course is to provide you with the main theoretical approaches and concepts related to the sociology of human rights. We take into account different dimensions of this field, starting with the social construction of human rights and diving into the groups and institutions in society. Lastly, we address the major debates related to this area of study.

Course Content

1. Introduction to the Sociology of Human Rights

2. The social construction of human rights

3. Groups in society

  a) Age

  b) Racial and ethnic groups

  c) Gender, sex and sexual orientation

  d) Social classes

  e) Mental health

  f) Youth

  g) Disabilities

4. Institutions in society

  a) Family

  b) Health

  c) Education

  d) Work

  e) Culture

  f) Politics

  g) Economics

  h) Law

  i) Science

  j) Religion

  k) Crime

5. Major debates

  a) Universalism versus particularism

  b) Globalism versus localism

  c) Collective rights versus individual rights

  d) Foundationalism versus social constructionism


David L. Brunsma, Keri E. Iyall Smith, Brian K. Gran - Handbook of Sociology and Human Rights - Routledge (2012)

Kate Nash - The Political Sociology of Human Rights - Cambridge University Press (2015)

Mark Frezzo - The Sociology of Human Rights - Polity (2014)