- Code PHIL2065
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Philosophy
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Philosophy
- Areas of interest Philosophy, Political Sciences
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
This course will be concerned with a range of philosophical issues relating to rights. It will include: (a) discussion in the history of philosophy about the origins and early character of ideas concerning rights, including ideas about rights and their relation to natural law; (b) discussion of a range of arguments about the existence and status of rights, including attempts to 'justify' them; (c) discussion about what the character of rights and correlative obligations should be, and who should be the bearers of these obligations; (d) discussion of current controversies about rights - such as aboriginal land rights, or rights and 'Asian values'. Our prime concern will be with philosophical consideration of normative issues - i.e. about what rights should be - and issues about rights and customary or positive law (national or international) will be discussed in that context.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:The course aims to give students a broad introduction to issues concerning rights, so as: (i) to develop students' knowledge of and abilities to critically evaluate arguments about rights; (ii) to understand why ideas about rights are more problematic than is sometimes thought; (iii) to provide intellectual background that will be of use to students taking other courses which discuss rights, and when they encounter issues about rights in contemporary debates about social policy
Short exercise (10%), 2 x 1,500 word essays (80%) and tutorial performance (10%).
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Workload20 hours of lectures and 12 hours of tutorials
Requisite and Incompatibility
* Cranston, M, What are the Human Rights?, Bodley Head, 1973
* Haakonssen, Knud and Lacey, Michael, A Culture of Rights, New York: Cambridge University Press, 1991.
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