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Global Justice and Human Rights

Coordinator: R. Tinnevelt
Prerequisites and accessibility: https://www.ru.nl/courseguides/fftr/bachelor-pps/access-pps-courses-modules/
Period: Semester 1, period 1 and 2


'Many of the problems we face today – like migration, climate change, inequalities in distribution and health, economic fluctuations or human rights abuses – have a strong international and often even global dimension. They can only be solved if people look beyond their personal and group interests and not only try to realize just societies that show suitable solidarity with fellow human beings, but also strive for peaceful and fair global relationships. The difficulty to realize all this constitutes one of the main challenge of our age. How to understand aforementioned problems and contribute to their potential solutions? This challenge requires, among other things, a coherent normative framework of interpretation. Over the past decades, a lively debate has developed about these global problems within political philosophy and philosophy of law. Many  original approaches have been proposed to disentangle the multifaceted challenges of global injustice and unfairness. This module presents and further develops theories of global justice and human rights, and examines how economic, political and social problems can be dealt with creatively. As such theories of global justice and human rights do not only offer ways to better understand the world around us, but also offer opportunities – in so far possible – to contribute to change.

Period Course Course ID Credits
1 & 2 Global Distributive Justice: an introduction FTR-FIPPSB204 5
1 & 2 Philosophy of International Law FTR-FIPPSB205 5
1 & 2 The Human Right to Health FTR-FIPPSB226 5
Module Code: FTR-FI109-19