Human Rights: Essay

7.5 Credits
First Cycle Level 2
School of Humanities and Media Studies
Subject field
Religious Studies (RKA)
Group of Subjects
Religious Studies
Disciplinary Domain
Humanities, 100%
This course can be included in the following main field(s) of study
Political Science2
Religious Studies3
Progression indicator within (each) main field of study
Approved, 13 March 2017.
This syllabus is valid from 13 March 2017.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, the students shall be able to:
  • independently plan and within a given time frame conduct a defined academic investigation and present it as an academic essay
  • critically and independently analyze theories on human rights and/or their practical relevance and consequences
  • communicate, in writing, advanced knowledge on a specific theme related to the field of human rights
  • formulate a constructive assessment of others‘ texts and work on their own texts according to such an assessment.

Course Content

The course entails writing an essay on a chosen issue within the field of human rights. Human rights have become a dominant framework for how states and citizens/individuals should act in relation to each other. At the same time, there are concerns raised that the language of human rights is insufficiently flexible in terms of specific cultures, and may support oppressive structures. The essay is written within this field of research in an academic way.


The students are assessed based on an essay that is presented and defended at a seminar at which the students are also required to discuss another student’s essay. Supervision is obligatory.

Forms of Study

The forms of study are lectures, an obligatory seminar and supervision. All teaching is in English.


The Swedish grades U - VG


  • 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

Other Information

All teaching is web-based. Seminars and lectures are scheduled at specific times, and active participation is required at the seminars. The student requires a computer, headset, webcam, and internet connection or equivalent technical equipment to take the course.

Replaces RK2003.