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63583-01 - Übung: International Human Rights in Africa 3 KP

Semester Herbstsemester 2021
Angebotsmuster einmalig
Dozierende Agathe Mora (agathe.mora@unibas.ch)
Inhalt Where do human rights come from? How are they made real ? What are the possibilities and limitations of human rights in making the world a better place? And what can African human rights perspectives teach us about their possible future? Human rights are one of the most profound legacies of the 20th century: an attempt by politicians, policy makers, scholars, and humanitarians to erect obstacles against future state violence and other crimes against humanity. Over time, human rights have become a global phenomenon with unexpected outcomes and effects. Though developed by nations and transnational in scope, human rights ideas and language have been adapted and reworked in a variety of contexts worldwide, becoming the object of, as well as a resource for, popular struggles, state policymaking, and transnational movements. Today, however, scepticism and disenchantment about human rights’ radical potential is widespread. Are we living through the end time of human rights, or can the idea of human rights survive its critics?
African countries and contexts have been at the forefront of these developments. From the South African Truth and Reconciliation Commission to the Rwandan genocide and its aftermath, to current debates about activism, LGTBQI+ rights and the contested role of the International Criminal Court, African states and citizens have had to navigate the tensions between utopian universalism and international liberalism, and cultural relativism and heightened nationalisms. In this workshop series, we will examine the historical origins, philosophical underpinnings and the global expansion of human rights thinking. We will consider the question of universality in the application of human rights and explore human rights’ contemporary practices to highlight the tensions they reveal and the contradictions they manifest, specifically in Africa.
Lernziele 1. Systematically understand and critically evaluate key scholarly approaches to the philosophical and historical evolution, and contemporary forms, of human rights.
2. Extend and apply theoretical understanding to specific contexts in the analysis of human rights practice.
3. Manage and consolidate your own learning: Demonstrate the ability to research, synthesise and make arguments on specific themes and materials related to the module.
4. Communicate your arguments to specialist and non-specialist audiences.
Literatur Nickel, J. W. 2007. Making Sense of Human Rights (Second Edition). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.
Cowan, J., Dembour, M., & Wilson, R. (Eds.). 2001. Culture and Rights: Anthropological Perspectives. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press
Englund, Harri. 2006. Prisoners of Freedom: Human Rights and the African Poor. Berkley: University of California Press.
Barreto, J. 2018. Decolonial Thinking and the Quest for Decolonising Human Rights, Asian Journal of Social Science, 46(4-5), 484-502.
Moyn, Samuel. 2018. Not Enough : Human Rights in an Unequal World. Harvard: Harvard University Press.
Clarke, K.M. 2019. Affective Justice: The International Criminal Court and the Pan-Africanist Pushback. Durham: Duke University Press.
Bemerkungen The course is taught by Dr Agathe Mora, University of Sussex


Teilnahmebedingungen The course is open to students in African Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science, Law, and European Global Studies at MA, and advanced BA levels.
Anmeldung zur Lehrveranstaltung In order to select the 24 participants, the lecturer will assign a 250 words' essay by email on Monday 13 September, to be submitted by Monday 20 September. students will be notified on the outcome of the selection process on Friday 24 September.
The essay question is as follows: "In 250 words, please describe: What are human rights, why and how do we have them and what makes them 'real' in the world? Please reference your text as appropriate (author-date or footnotes). In your accompanying email, tell me a few words about yourself (esp. your degree programme and where you're at in your studies). Many thanks!"
Unterrichtssprache Englisch
Einsatz digitaler Medien kein spezifischer Einsatz


Intervall 14-täglich
Datum 28.09.2021 – 21.12.2021
Zeit Dienstag, 09.15-12.45 Vesalianum, Kleiner Hörsaal (O1.13)

The course will take place onsite.

Datum Zeit Raum
Dienstag 28.09.2021 09.15-12.45 Uhr Vesalianum, Kleiner Hörsaal (O1.13)
Dienstag 12.10.2021 09.15-12.45 Uhr Vesalianum, Kleiner Hörsaal (O1.13)
Dienstag 26.10.2021 09.15-12.45 Uhr Vesalianum, Kleiner Hörsaal (O1.13)
Dienstag 09.11.2021 09.15-12.45 Uhr Vesalianum, Kleiner Hörsaal (O1.13)
Dienstag 23.11.2021 09.15-12.45 Uhr Vesalianum, Kleiner Hörsaal (O1.13)
Dienstag 07.12.2021 09.15-12.45 Uhr Vesalianum, Kleiner Hörsaal (O1.13)
Dienstag 21.12.2021 09.15-12.45 Uhr Vesalianum, Kleiner Hörsaal (O1.13)
Module Modul: Erweiterung Gesellschaftswissenschaften B.A. (Bachelor Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Modul: Erweiterung Gesellschaftswissenschaften M.A. (Master Studienfach Politikwissenschaft)
Modul: Europäisierung und Globalisierung (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Modul: Fields: Governance and Politics (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Fields: Knowledge Production and Transfer (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Fields: Media and Imagination (Master Studiengang African Studies)
Modul: Migration, Mobility and Transnationalism (Master Studiengang Changing Societies: Migration – Conflicts – Resources )
Modul: Sachthemen der Ethnologie (Bachelor Studienfach Ethnologie)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Arbeit, Migration und Gesellschaft (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Vertiefungsmodul Global Europe: Staatlichkeit, Entwicklung und Globalisierung (Masterstudium: European Global Studies)
Wahlbereich Master Geschichte: Empfehlungen (Master Studienfach Geschichte)
Leistungsüberprüfung Lehrveranst.-begleitend
Hinweise zur Leistungsüberprüfung The workshops will be interactive and participatory. You must come prepared to class having done the 2 essential readings per session at a minimum, watched the multimedia material/film suggestions (when required), as well as having prepared preliminary answers to the reading questions.
An-/Abmeldung zur Leistungsüberprüfung Anmelden: Belegen; Abmelden: nicht erforderlich
Wiederholungsprüfung keine Wiederholungsprüfung
Skala Pass / Fail
Wiederholtes Belegen nicht wiederholbar
Zuständige Fakultät Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, studadmin-philhist@unibas.ch
Anbietende Organisationseinheit Zentrum für Afrikastudien