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GD313 - Human Rights and Social Justice in Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Module code: GD313
  • Module name: Human Rights and Social Justice in Latin America and the Caribbean
  • Department: Global Sustainable Development
  • Credit: 15

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

This module examines, in depth, the situation of human rights violations and social justice in the Latin American Region and in the Caribbean. In this module the students will acquire the necessary tools required to gain an in-depth understanding of the concepts of human rights and social justice, with a specific focus on the links with the UN sustainable development agenda and SDGs. We will examine these areas by responding to a set of questions around national and regional concerns: - We start with answering necessary questions such as: What are human rights and what is social justice? When did the concept of human rights become a global concern and why? Has the concepts of human rights and social justice changed over time? Who is responsible for respecting the human rights of a specific group of people? What is the Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos? - We then consider through case studies the human rights of specific groups of people and minorities that have been affected in the past 50 years and we analyse what has been put in place to bring back social justice to the people affected. - We then move to consider alternative interventions, using a multi-disciplinary approach which brings together various SDGs and the knowledge we acquire on other modules on the GSD degree.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module, students will be expected to demonstrate: • A deep and detailed understanding of the history and politics of specific regions of Latin America and the Caribbean • A deep and detailed understanding of the concepts of Human Rights and Social Justice • A thorough understanding of the history of human rights and the changes in understanding of the concept • A critical approach to analysing human rights and other related social issues in contemporary Latin America and the Caribbean • An understanding of the measures that have been put in place to address serious human rights/social justice related issues in the region • A thorough understanding of the links between human rights and social justice and the UN sustainable development agenda • An ability to generate original, well-researched and evidence-based suggestions to address one human rights/social justice related crisis in Latin America or the Caribbean

Timetabled teaching activities

8 x 1h lecture s in Term 1 9 x 1h30 seminars in Term 1 Optional guest lectures

Departmental link

https://warwick.ac.uk/fac/arts/schoolforcross-facultystudies/gsd/currentstudents/modules/hrsjlatinamerica

Other essential notes

Available at 15 CATS only in Term 1. Not available to students outside Global Sustainable Development.

Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
15 CATS (Module code: GD313-15)
A (Assessed work only) Participation, Attendance and Homework 10%
  Powerpoint/Prezzi of the Group Presentation 10%
  Group Presentation 30%
  Essay (3000 words) 50%
VA (Visiting students only) 100% assessed (visiting/exchange students) 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:

Core

N/A

Optional Core

N/A

Optional

N/A