Human Rights in a Multicultural World

Course Code Offering Department(s) Units & Hours
GCVM1036 REL (3,2,1)
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What is the course about?

GCVM1036 will help students reflect on the moral beliefs and practices related to the idea of human rights from the perspectives of major philosophical and religious traditions in the contemporary multicultural world. First, the basic concepts of rights will be explained and the historical development of these ideas traced briefly. Then the perspectives of different philosophical traditions (such as deontology and utilitarianism) on human rights will be expounded. Moreover, both western and non-western religious views (such as Christianity and Confucianism) on human rights will be introduced. Finally, this course will help students identify, understand and reflect on ethical issues such as the ethical foundation of rights, the scope of rights, the balance or tension between individual rights and good society, and conflicts between different kinds of human rights.

What do the students say about this course?

There are two major assignments – group and individual written assignments. Through these assignments, I have learned about the issues that are controversial nowadays and have learned the skills of how to apply the theories of human rights to these issues.

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Notes for all GE courses

  • You can take a maximum of 6 additional units of GE courses from any categories as electives.