Course: Human Rights: Approaches and Interpretations

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Course title Human Rights: Approaches and Interpretations
Course code KPD/LPPV
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Seminary
Level of course Master
Year of study 1
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 4
Language of instruction Czech, English
Status of course Optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
  • Svobodová Zuzana, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
1. Human Rights inclusion in various disciplines 2. Origins of Human Rights, fundamental sources 3. The main issues of human rights, fundamental concepts 4. The development of human rights theory, basic historical events 5. Basic human rights documents 6. Teaching human rights supporting programm from the EU basic materials for teaching human rights issues in schools 7. The essential characteristic of teaching methods in the field of human rights 8. Relevant human rights issues and their solutions

Learning activities and teaching methods
Monologic (reading, lecture, briefing), Dialogic (discussion, interview, brainstorming), Work with text (with textbook, with book), Activating (simulations, games, drama), E-learning
Learning outcomes
- To introduce students to the history of human rights. - To introduce students to some of the philosophical and theological arguments. - To iniciate students to articulate their own perception of human rights´ roots.
- The history of human rights - The philosophical and theological arguments that relate to rights
without prerequisites

Assessment methods and criteria
Seminar work

- Answers to interpretative questions of given texts - Paper essay: 7 pages, theme: Theology or: Philosophy and human rights
Recommended literature
  • Camus, Albert. The Rebel: An Essay on Man in Revolt. FIRST VINTAGE INTERNATIONAL EDITION, 1991. ISBN 0679733841.
  • Jankélévitch, Vladimir. Forgiveness. University of Chicago Press, 2013. ISBN 978-0226045658.
  • MacIntyre, A. Whose Justice? Which Rationality. Notre Dame, 1984.
  • MARITAIN, Jacques. Man and the state. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1961.
  • REGAN, Ethna. Theology and the Boundary Discourse of Human Rights. Washington: Georgetown University Press, 2010. ISBN 978-158-9016-583.
  • Sousedík, Stanislav. Svoboda a lidská práva. Praha: Vyšehrad, 2010. ISBN 978-80-7429-036-7.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Category of Branch/Specialization Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty: Faculty of Theology Study plan (Version): Free Time Education (2015) Category: Pedagogy, teacher training and social care 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Theology Study plan (Version): Ethics in Social Work (2013) Category: Social sciences 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter
Faculty: Faculty of Theology Study plan (Version): Philosophy (2016) Category: Philosophy, theology 1 Recommended year of study:1, Recommended semester: Winter