The phenomena of globalisation and human rights are two of the most influential features of international relations in the twenty-first century. This course will examine the ways in which these two spheres intersect and diverge, interrogating the extent to which their goals are contradictory and/ or mutually supporting.
Today, alongside governments, companies are often viewed both as non-state sources of human rights abuse and as international actors with the capacity and resources to promote human rights. Human rights advocates have shined a spotlight on human rights conditions in a wide range of transnational industries including oil and mining; the manufacturing of apparel, carpets, footwear, sporting goods, and toys; the agricultural production of coffee, tea, cocoa and bananas for global markets; and the pharmaceutical and other high technology sectors.
The abuses at issue include complicity with governments that violate human rights, child and forced labor, limits on freedom of association, and dangerous and unhealthy conditions for workers and communities. During the same period, business and human rights has emerged as a distinct field within the broader corporate responsibility movement. In response to growing pressure to address human rights issues, transnational companies have undertaken human rights initiatives that seek to manage human rights risks, and in some cases, promote human rights as a source of competitive advantage in the marketplace. This seminar analyses the challenges and opportunities that arise for advocates and business managers at the intersection of business operations and efforts to promote international human rights.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
At the conclusion of the course students will:
- have a sound knowledge of the concepts of corporate social responsibility and sphere of influence; their complexities and how they are impacted by globalisation.
- understand the human rights standards that affect business and the remedies that are available to human rights advocates seeking to influence corporate policies and practices.
- be aware of corporate human rights initiatives, including policies, multi-stakeholder programs, and human rights impact assessments.
- have developed a strong understanding and knowledge of the particular human rights challenges facing a company in a particular transnational industry.
Class participation, including an in-class presentation - 20%
A 6,000 to 7,000 word research paper
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Approximately 26 hours of face-to-face teaching. In addition a substantial amount of reading and class preparation will be required.
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|1723||20 Feb 2015||20 Feb 2015||27 Mar 2015||18 Apr 2015||In Person||N/A|