Course RK2034

The Ideal of Human Rights: Historical, Philosophical and Political Aspects

7.5 Credits
First Cycle

Starts week 36, 2020

After the course the student should be able to:

  • describe a, by political philosophy and ethics informed, theoretical view of rights language
  • apply a selection of theoretical distinctions on historical and social developments of human rights
  • portray, problematize, and discuss the main features of the historical development of human rights
  • describe, analyze, and critically relate to the interaction between human rights and local traditions and religions in a selection of historical and contemporary contexts
  • describe and critically examine the formation of national and supranational institutions that has been, and is, responsible for the upholding of human rights.


The course includes mandatory teaching occasions (for example seminars, group assignments and/or supervision) that are either online or on campus, depending on the form of study of the particular course. More information is given by the course coordinator.

Starts and ends:
wk36, 2020 - wk45, 2020
Study Rate:
Flexible (Falun)
Time of Day:
Teaching form:
Entry Qualifications:
  • 60 credits within history, religious studies, sociology, political science or international relations, and English B/English 6 at Swedish upper secondary school or equivalent knowledge. No knowledge of Swedish is required
Application Code:
Main field of study:
Online Education
Compulsory meetings:
0 physical
5 online
Computer Skills:

Surf on the Internet, read and send emails, use a word-processing programme (e.g. Word). Connect a camera and headphones to the computer and install a programme using instructions.

Computer Capacity:

Access to a computer (Not a mini pc, tablet or similar) that is not older than three years (or equivalent) and broadband connection, at least 1 Mbit/s (not mobile broadband, because mobile broadband can vary considerably in speed).

Means of Education:

Higher rate of web-based communication where our learning platform (Learn) is a natural element of the course. Web-based meetings with sound and image where simple presentations can be held. Lectures can be broadcast live or can alternatively be made available afterwards online.