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Human Rights and International Cooperation 2017/2018

  • 6 ECTS
  • Taught in Portuguese
  • Both continuous and final Assessment


1. Conceptualize and Contextualize the Human Rights;
2. Understand the legislation and the United Nations protection system for Human Rights;
3. Identify the different Human Rights generations;
4. Recognize, identify and understand the Human Rights at international dimension as well the emergency state from the Occident to the Orient inside their different restrictions and complexities;
5. Identify, understand and develop the Education strategies for the Human Rights in the different needs: social, cultural, economic and political;
6. Identify and understand the different Human Rights violations;
7. Identify and understand the Human Rights International Protection System;
8. Human Rights understand as the International Relations;
9. Understand and characterize the international cooperation at international and regional dimension inside the Security paradigm change.

Recommended Prerequisites

Not applied.

Teaching Metodology

Lectures will mainly follow the expository method. At the same time, students' participation will be encouraged through discussions, opinion expression and analysis of relevant documents, including reference works to assist in the presentation of the syllabus' contents. Study of the juridical and institutional instruments as context to the Humanitarian Operations. Case Studies. Additionally, students are expected to conduct their own research activities and to study autonomously.

Body of Work

1. Human Rights: conceptual, contextual and historical introduction;
2. Human Rights; internationalization and emergency of the International Law in the UN system;
3. Education for Human Rights;
4. Violation understand and denounce and (re)solution strategies;
5. Human Rights international protection systems;
6. The International Relations and the Human Rights: proximities and distances;
7. Define and understand the International Cooperation;
8. Emergency paradigm of the International Security and Cooperation.

Recommended Bibliography

Marshall, T. (2016). Prisoners of Geopolitics. Editor Elliot.
Moreira, V. & Gomes, C. (2014). Compreender os Direitos Humanos - Manual de Educação para os Direitos Humanos. Editora W. Benedek.
Rodrigues, B. & Carneiro, A. (2015) Direitos Humanos - Textos Fundamentais. Quid Juris
Fernandes, A. (2004) Direitos Humanos e Cidadania Europeia. Almedina.

Complementary Bibliography

Appelbaum, R. e Robinson, W., eds., Critical Globalization Studies, Londres: Routledge, 2005
Brysk, A., ed., Globalization and Human Rights, Berkeley: University of California Press, 2002
Coppola, D., Introduction to International Disaster Management, Amesterdão: Elsevier, 2011
Gibney, M., ed., Globalizing Rights, Oxford: OUP, 2003
Caney, S. e Jones, P., eds., Human Rights and Global Diversity, Londres: Frank Cass, 2001
Chomsky, N., The New Military Humanism, Londres: Pluto Press, 2001
Tomasini, R. e Wassenhove, L., eds., Humanitarian Logistics, NY: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009

Weekly Planning

1st Week
Presentation: Contents, Methodology, Bibliography and Evaluation.
Thematic introduction: “Human Rights and International Cooperation”

2nd Week
Human Rights: Conceptual, Context and Historic Introduction.
Debate and Argument Exercise.

3rd Week
Human Rights – Internationalization and Emergency of the International Law in the UN system: from Occident to the Orient – realities and perspectives.
The international normative and legislation.
Critical and instrumental analysis.

4th Week
The Human Rights different generations.
Exercise of the study and promotion of the reflection aiming the knowledge learned.

5th Week
Education for Human Rights: Problems identification affecting he (un)knowledge.
Individual exercise of scientific critical study.

6th Week
Interpretation of the violations and strategies of the denounce and the (re)solution: violation and protection of the Human Rights: political, juridical, cultural, social, humanitarian and solidarity action.

7th Week
The Human Rights international protection systems: Europe and European Union, Americas, Africa.
Preparation for the Mini Test.

8th Week
Mini Test realization. Mist Evaluation element.

9th Week
The Human Rights international protection systems: Middle East, East and the Rest of the World.

10th Week
As Relações Internacionais e os Direitos Humanos: proximidades e afastamentos.
Debate e exercícios de análise.

11th Week
International Cooperation: Definition and structures.
Case Study.

12th Week
International Cooperation- International Security and Relations: from the International Politic, International Organization and International Security Powers; the United Nations and the Peace Construction; The NATO as International Cooperation Strategy: Power and/or Defense?
Documental case study exercise.

13th Week
The European Union and the International Cooperation: International Common Security and the active paper in the world: Study exercise and scientific research.

14th Week
The Security Emergency paradigm and the International Cooperation,
Group Exercise.

15th Week
Preparation for the Written Exam.
Finalization of the Curricular Unit.

Demonstration of the syllabus coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

Contents were prepared to meet the objectives identified for the course by this way:
-Objective 1 by the Content 1;
-Objectives 2 + 3 by the Content 2;
-Objectives 4 + 5 by the Content 3;
-Objective 6 by the Content 4;
-Objective 7 by the Content 5;
-Objective 8 by the Content 6;
-Objective 9 by the Content 7+8.

Aiming identify and debate the Human Rights and the International Cooperation processes, the Curricular Unit will develop the research, debate and competences of identification, recognizing and interpretation of the basilar teaching thematic in and for the International Relations.

Demonstration of the teaching methodologies coherence with the curricular unit's objectives

The course proposes to combine theoretical and practical skills. Theoretical skills are intended to help students acquire the practical skills necessary to understand the international cooperation processes aimed at eliminating human inequalities and promote the institutionalization of a universal culture of rights.

relevant generic skillimproved?assessed?
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