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Sociology of Human Rights (SO9C0-20)

Are there universal human rights? What is the sociology of human rights? What does sociology have to offer to scholarship and practice in relation to human rights?

This module provides an overview of the sociological study of human rights. It is organised around a number of core theoretical debates that have shaped sociological scholarship and research in this field.

The module aims to allow students to develop a detailed knowledge of current human rights debates and controversies in the context of globalisation and links human rights theory with practice. After reviewing some of the core theoretical issues in the sociological study of human rights the module turns to a number of case studies of contested issues, including the rights of refugees and asylum seekers, cultural rights, terrorism and humanitarian intervention, social movements and human rights, and the role of human rights in the contemporary global environment.

The module focuses on the way in which sociology has sought to understand the ways in which human rights laws and norms have been devised, interpreted and implemented. A particular focus of the module will be an exploration of the specific contribution that sociology has made to the study of human rights through its emphasis on human rights as highly contested claims that can vary across historical time and geographical space.


Module Director:

John Solomos

Timing and CATS

This module will run in the Spring Term and is worth 20 CATS