GEET 311 | Course Introduction and Application Information

Course Name
Politics of Human Rights
Code
Semester
Theory
(hour/week)
Application/Lab
(hour/week)
Local Credits
ECTS
GEET 311
Fall/Spring
3
0
3
4

Prerequisites
None
Course Language
English
Course Type
Service Course
Course Level
First Cycle
Course Coordinator -
Course Lecturer(s)
Assistant(s) -
Course Objectives This course is designed to introduce students with the development of human rights as a global phenomenon, an international legal regime transgressing state borders. Our aim is to explore certain questions pertaining to human rights: What is it that we call “human rights”? In what historical periods can we locate progress and expansion in human rights? What do human rights stand for/against? What does it mean to have human rights with a claim to universality? By giving priority to primary texts and documents on human rights, we will try to understand this historical, legal, and political concept both in theory and practice.
Course Description The students who succeeded in this course;
  • to be able to explain political history of human rights
  • to be able to evaluate changes in human rights during the globalization process
  • to be able to explain use of child labor within the context of human rights violations
  • to be able to analyze climate change within the context of human rights violations
  • to be able to explain economic, social and political aspects of human rights in Turkey
Course Content Our course will proceed on the basis of three parts. In the first part, we will have a general introduction to the course, and will read the Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 adopted by the United Nations. In this part, we will also spend time on a broad yet somewhat nuanced enough trajectory of human rights. In so doing, we will try to diagnose and shed light upon certain keystones, radical shifts, and arguably progressive moments in historical development of conceptual, political and legal articulations of human rights. In the second part, we will focus on the early 20th century developments on human rights; such as the two world wars, the Nuremberg Trials, and the international recognition of “crimes against humanity” and genocide. We will spare our last few weeks on the decolonization period onwards. In this part we will discuss issues such as right to self-determination, child labor, migrant workers, and rights of persons with disabilities.

 



Course Category

Core Courses
Major Area Courses
Supportive Courses
Media and Management Skills Courses
Transferable Skill Courses

 

WEEKLY SUBJECTS AND RELATED PREPARATION STUDIES

Week Subjects Related Preparation
1 Introduction to the course: Presentation and an overview of the course, course organization, requirements and methods of evaluation Sabine Carey et al. “The Concept of Human Rights,” in The Politics of Human Rights, pp. 7-39.
2 What is “politics of human rights”? Sabine C. Carey et al. “The Concept of Human Rights,” pp. 7-39. Universal Declaration of Human Rights, http://www.un.org/en/udhrbook/pdf/udhr_booklet_en_web.pdf.
3 Early Foundations: Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern State of Rights Jack Donnelly, Universal Human Rights in Theory and Practice, pp. 81-92.
4 The Rights of Man and Citizen: American and French Revolutions “The Declaration of Independence” (1776) “Bill of Rights” (1791) “The Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen” (1789)
5 Midterm I
6 “The Rights of Man and Citizen” I: American Revolution & American Civil WarHuman Rights in Early 20th Century: WWI & WWII UN Charter, Nuremberg Trials, Convention on Genocide (1948) European Convention on Human Rights (1950)
7 Torture and the Rights of the Prisoners of War Andrew Clapham, “The International Crime of Torture,” in Human Rights: A Very Short Introduction, pp. 81-95. Geneva Conventions (1949) UN Convention against Torture (1984)
8 Rights of Refugees UN Convention Relating to Status of Refugees (1951) Sabine C. Carey et al. The Politics of Human Rights, pp. 81-86.
9 Racial and Sexual Discrimination US Constitution, 13th-14th-15th Amendments Martin Luther King JR. “I Have A Dream” International Convention on Racial Discrimination (1965) International Convention on Discrimination against Women (1979)
10 Midterm II
11 Is Human Rights a Hegemonic Idea? Decolonization, Right to Self-Determination, and Twin Covenants Samuel Moyn, “Why Anticolonialism Wasn’t a Human Rights Movement,” in The Last Utopia, pp. 84-119. International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights (1966) International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966)
12 Protection of Children, Migrant Workers, and Persons with Disabilities UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (1990) UN Convention on the Protection of the Rights of Migrant Workers and Their Families (1990) UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006)
13 Considering the Planet: Animal Rights and Green Movements Sue Donaldson / Will Kymlika, “Universal Basic Rights for Animals,” in Zoopolis, pp. 19-49.
14 Conclusions
15 Review of the Semester  
16 Review of the Semester  

 

Course Notes/Textbooks
Suggested Readings/Materials

 

EVALUATION SYSTEM

Semester Activities Number Weigthing
Participation
1
15
Laboratory / Application
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
20
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exams
Midterm
1
30
Final Exam
1
35
Total

Weighting of Semester Activities on the Final Grade
3
65
Weighting of End-of-Semester Activities on the Final Grade
1
35
Total

ECTS / WORKLOAD TABLE

Semester Activities Number Duration (Hours) Workload
Theoretical Course Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
3
48
Laboratory / Application Hours
(Including exam week: 16 x total hours)
16
Study Hours Out of Class
12
2
Field Work
Quizzes / Studio Critiques
Homework / Assignments
1
16
Presentation / Jury
Project
Seminar / Workshop
Oral Exam
Midterms
1
25
Final Exam
1
35
    Total
148

 

COURSE LEARNING OUTCOMES AND PROGRAM QUALIFICATIONS RELATIONSHIP

#
Program Competencies/Outcomes
* Contribution Level
1
2
3
4
5
1

To be able to define and discuss the history, underlying concepts and theories of cinema and digital media.

2

To be able to develop a storytelling idea for cinema and digital media arts by using creativity and critical thinking.

3

To be able to operate specialized technical equipment and competently use software in the fields of cinema and digital media arts. 

4

To be able to execute the main tasks in the pre-production, production and post-production of an audio-visual work at the basic level including screenwriting, production planning, operating the camera, sound recording, lighting and editing.

5

To be able to perform a specialized task at an advanced level either for pre-production, production or post-production of an audio-visual work.

6

To be able to discuss how meaning is made through works of cinema and digital media; in what ways economics, politics and culture affect visual representation; how the conditions of production, consumption, distribution and interpretation shape images.

7

To be able to perform specialized tasks for creating digital media narratives with interactive elements.

8

To be able to conduct a critical analysis of a film or a work of digital media arts from technical, intellectual and artistic points of view.

9

To be able to take individual responsibility of a film or a digital media work from scratch to product in a problem-solving manner.

10

To be able to work as a crewmember by following norms of ethical conduct and taking initiative to improve the ethical standards of his/her working environment.

11

To be able to collect data in the areas of Cinema and Digital Media and communicate with colleagues in a foreign language ("European Language Portfolio Global Scale", Level B1).

12

To be able to speak a second foreign language at a medium level of fluency efficiently.

13

To be able to relate the knowledge accumulated throughout the human history to their field of expertise.

*1 Lowest, 2 Low, 3 Average, 4 High, 5 Highest