Established by: Head of Department of Education, 2015-08-31
Revised by: Head of Department of Education, 2017-11-20
The three main fields of study are democracy, human rights and sustainability. Basic prerequisites for democracy are highlighted and discussed. Human rights are studied and analyzed historically, politically and from a juridical point of view. Different theoretical perspectives within the field of sustainable development are studied from both international and Swedish perspectives. The main fields of study are treated in global perspectives and in relation to current topics in education.
Expected learning outcomes
After the course the students should have acquired competence to:
Knowledge and understanding
describe and discuss current challenges for democracy
describe the history of Human Rights, their preconditions and possible threats in an international context
Skills and ability
analyze problems and different interpretations in the discourse of human rights
Values and attitudes
identify and critically examine current fields of debate related to democracy, human rights and sustainability
General qualifications for university studies. No demands for knowledge in Swedish as the course is given in English.
Form of instruction
The teaching forms are lectures, seminars and workshops.
For examination the student shall participate in examining seminars (in case the course is web based so are the seminars), writings short essays, and produce a written assignment on a chosen topic, which shall be approved by the course instructor, within the frame-work of the course. If special reasons exist, the examiner has the right to decide on another form of examination.
To get a pass all examining tasks must be approved. To get a Pass with distinction the written assignment must in addition be graded as VG (pass with distinction), and special focus is placed on the student´s ability to problematize and analyze the content of the course. The final grade is the examiners balanced assessment of the student´s results. The final grades are U (Fail), G (Pass) and VG (Pass with distinction).
A student who has not been approved at an ordinary examination shall be offered a scheduled re-sit examination in close connection to the course (within two months). A third examination opportunity is offered within a year from the ordinary examination.
If examinations or compulsory sessions cannot be repeated in accordance with current rules for re-examination, they may be replaced by other forms of assignments. The extent and content of such an assignment shall be in proportion to the missing compulsory sessions. A student who has failed two different assignments in a course or a part of a course is entitled to get a new examiner, if not exceptional reasons oppose this (HF 6 chap 11b §). In any such case the student must get in contact with the Director of Studies at the department.
Students who receive the grade “Fail” at the third examination are requested to assign to the examinations the next time the course is given. Re-examinations based on the same curriculum are guaranteed within two years after the first course registration.
ACADEMIC CREDIT TRANSFER Earlier studies that correspond to the course contents may require credit transfer. The review is individual. For more information, contact the Study Counselor.
2017 week 48
Bajaj Monisha Human Rights Education: Ideology, Location, and Approaches Human Rights Quarterly, Volume 33, Number 2, May 2011, pp. 481508. The Johns Hopkins University Press : Mandatory
Bradshaw Rachel Democratic Teaching. An Incomplete Job Description Democracy & Education, Vol 22, No 2 : 2014 : Mandatory
Donnelly Jack The Relative Universality of Human Rights Human Rights Quarterly, 29, 281306. The Johns Hopkins University Press : 2007 : Mandatory
Plattner Marc, F Is Democracy in Decline? Journal of Democracy, Volume 26, Number 1, January 2015, pp. 5-10 : 2015 : Mandatory
Stoddard Jeremy The Need for Media Education in Democratic Education Democracy & Education, Vol 22, No 1. : 2014 : Mandatory
All Human Rights for All: The United Nations and Human Rights in the Post-Cold War Era Thérien Jean Philippe, Joly Philippe Human Rights Quarterly, 36, 373396. The Johns Hopkins University Press : 2014 : Mandatory
Wade Ross Pedagogy, places and people Journal of Teacher Education for Sustainability. Volume 14, Issue 2, Pages 147167, ISSN (Online) 1691-5534, ISSN (Print) 1691-4147, 2014. DOI: 10.2478/v10099-012-0014-8, March 2013. : Mandatory