consult with the Director of the Human Rights Major to ensure that their
programme meets all requirements.
to Human Rights
This course will introduce students to the study of human rights by
investigating the question "what is a human right?" The course
will proceed primarily through a number of examples and case studies.
Students will also be given an overview of the basic instruments, institutions,
and ideas relevant to human rights. 3 credit hours.
3013. Codes and Commissions
This course will focus on domestic human rights codes and human rights
commissions. Special attention will be given to the New Brunswick Human
Rights Code and the New Brunswick Human Rights Commission. 3 credit
3033. Philosophy of Human Rights (PHIL 3313)
This course will introduce students to philosophical questions concerning
the foundations of human rights. What are human rights based on? What
makes something a human right? Are human rights universally and permanently
valid or is the notion of human rights merely a construct
of modern Western culture? The course will familiarize students with
alternative theoretical answers to these and other related questions.
3 credit hours.
3043. Human Rights in the Catholic Tradition
This course will introduce students to a theological study of human
rights from the Roman Catholic perspective. Selected theological foundations
of human rights shall be explored, including: 'imago Dei', redemption,
salvation, the sacraments. The dignity of the person, the common good,
and the rights and duties in the Church will be explored. The articles
of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights will be analysed theologically.
3 credit hours.
3053. Human Rights and the Church (RELG 3833)
This course will focus on the role of the People of God in the practice
of human rights. The rights of all in the Church will be examined in
the light of Ecclesiastical Law. The action of the Church in the protection
and promotion of human rights will be explored in terms of the Church
as community for witness, hope, and liberation. Selected human rights
initiatives of Church
organizations will be considered. 3 credit hours.
3063. Humanitarian Law and Human Rights
This course will examine the historical development of humanitarian
law and the relationship with human rights. It will study the principle
actors in the administration of humanitarian law and human rights. Students
will explore the protection of victims and their fundamental rights
in emergency situations, the rights and duties of aid organizations
and their personnel, the
changing role of humanitarian law in the light of terrorism and international
crime. The course will review the enforcement of rights and duties as
well as the mechanisms available under general international law, human
rights law, and international humanitarian law. 3 credit hours.
3073. Human Rights Internship
This course will provide students with exposure to the practice of human
rights, encouraging them to reflect on the relatrionship between that
experience and their formal human rights studies. Students must obtain
the approval the Director of the Human Rights Programme for their participation
and for the conditions of the internship. 3 credit hours.
3113. The Charter
This course will examine the impact of the Charter on rights and freedoms
in Canada. After an introductory discussion of the Bill of Rights and
the development of the Charter, instruction will focus on a large number
of Supreme Court decisions interpreting the meaning of the Charter's
3123. International Human Rights
This course explicates the principal international and regional systems
in place for the protection and promotion of human rights, including
the Inter-American, European, African, and United Nations systems. Students
will study the most important human rights instruments, such as the
International Bill of Rights, the European Convention on Human Rights,
and the American Convention on human rights. 3 credit hours.
3133. Human Rights and Non-Governmental Organizations
This course will identify and explore the operations of the main non-governmental
organizations at the international and domestic levels in the field
of human rights. Theoretical consideration shall be given to the role
of these organizations in the practice of freedom. The practical work
of various human rights groups will be considered. Students will be
expected to participate in the work of a given human rights group during
the course. 3 credit hours.
3506. Human Rights in International Relations and Foreign Policy
This course considers human rights in international relations and foreign
policy from the point of view of constraints on sovereignty. With background
from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries up to WWII, it concentrates
on the promotion and protection of human rights in the post-war period.
Topics covered include: the UN system of human rights and the international
and domestic politics
of human rights as evidenced in foreign policy, Canadian in particular.
6 credit hours.
4003. Research Seminar
Students in this course will do a research project in human rights under
the supervision of the instructor. The course will begin with a general
introduction to the aims and methods of research projects. Students
will be expected to present periodic reports on the status of their
work. The course is normally reserved for students in their final year
of the human rights Major.
3 credit hours.
4013. Capstone Seminar
This course will consist of an in-depth investigation of one or more
human rights problems. The specific topic will change from year to year.
Students will be expected to examine the issue(s) in light of their
knowledge of the basic instruments, institutions, and ideas relevant
to human rights as well as their understanding of the fundamental questions
of value that surround contemporary social issues. The course is normally
reserved for students in their final year of the human rights Major.
3 credit hours.
4023. Independent Study
Students may undertake studies under the direction of a member or members
of the programme with the permission of the Director. The course is
limited to students with a proven academic record. 3 credit hours.
6503. Teaching for and about Human Rights (EDUC)
This course is offered during the human rights summer institute designed
for pre-service teachers, practicing teachers, and professionals in
related fields. The course introduces participants to the various rights,
instruments, and issues relevant to the classroom and provides opportunities
for teachers and others to increase their knowledge base in the human
rights field. 3 credit hours.