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Course module: FRRMV16009
Topics in the Philosophy of Human Rights
Course info
Course codeFRRMV16009
Course goals
Intended purpose of this Topics Seminar is for the participating student  (1) to become familiar with positions taken in the current debates over the specific topic area of the course; (2) to appreciate the arguments for and against the positions; and (3) to develop an independent judgment about the most promising approach in this area. In particular, this course aims to familiarize students with important concepts and problems in the contemporary philosophy of human rights and to enable them to think critically about the moral and political implications of this concept.
This "Topics Seminar" explores in depth issues and texts in the area of philosophy of human rights and addresses philosophical questions regarding the existence, content, nature, universality, justification, and legal status of human rights.  The specific topic will be different each time, so as to tailor it to current research developments in the field.

Previous topic (2016-17): “The Concept, Justification, and Application of Human Rights”
After World War II, the concept of human rights has become perhaps the most important way for individuals, groups and nations to articulate moral demands of special seriousness and urgency. We will cover some of the most important philosophical questions surrounding this concept such as its scope, foundation, justification and application.
The specific topic and instructor(s) for the coming year will be announced in the spring.
This course is for students in the RMA Philosophy programme; students from other M.A. programmes (such as History & Philosophy of Science or Applied Ethics),  should check with the course coordinator or the RMA Philosophy coordinator (, before enrolling, to ensure that they have the requisite philosophical background.
The entrance requirements for Exchange Students will be checked by International Office and the Programme coördinator. Therefore, you do not have to contact the Programme coördinator yourself.
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