HUMAN RIGHTS 2003 - Introduction to Human Rights
(PHIL 2313, CRIM 2313, GERO 2313)

Dr. Noël A. Kinsella


Course Outline

The objective of this course is to introduce students to the field of human rights through an examination of the human rights provided for in the major domestic and international human rights instruments. It is expected that students who complete the course will understand the value of human rights and the different methods available for the protection and promotion of human rights in Canada and throughout the world.

I. Lecture Topics

"What can one hope to attain by a study of human rights?"

An introduction to the human rights provided for by the United Nations' Universal Declaration of Human Rights

The categories of human rights and institutions for the protection and promotion of human rights

Four major human rights instruments:

Enforcement process of the provincial and federal human rights acts:

Technical procedural issues:

The application of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Limitations of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms

Some technical issues:

Evolution of anti-discrimination legislation:

The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and the Optional Protocols to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights:

The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights:

II. Journal

Students are to maintain a journal which will include the work undertaken during the semester. Typically, journal entries will contain the student's reflections and responses to human rights issues raised in class as well as issues which arise in the media, library readings and Internet research. The journal shall be submitted to the professor on the last day of classes.

III. Research Paper

Each student shall submit prior to the final examination, a research paper on a human rights topic as approved by the professor. The topic may be on a human rights issue raised in class or discovered through library work, Internet research or readings, including the press.

IV. Evaluation

Final Examination 45%
Journal 25%
Research Paper 30%

V. Required Human Rights Documents


Participation in classroom work and discussion is very important. Attendance at each class is the "conditio sine qua non" of such participation.

Dr. Noel Kinsella
Human Rights 4003: Research Seminar in Human Rights

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