The course follows the historical and philosophical development of human
rights in a general sense. Special emphasis is placed on the emerging
practice and intellectual debates that have accompanied the evolvement
of the human rights system in modern history, the role of different
actors like states, intellectuals and organizations and specially the
role of political and social movements with examples from various parts
of the world, Asia, America, Africa and Europe. It also covers issues in
modern history where the rights of ethnic, sexual and religious or other
minorities have been at stake and the students will, further on, be able
to gear the human rights field towards new issues like women and gender
questions, minority questions and relating to indigenous and tribal
The city of Kalmar is situated on the southeast coast of Sweden. Kalmar is a beautiful city with 65,000 inhabitants and a long history dating back to the Middle Ages, with many cosy neighbourhoods and great charm. The lush green areas surrounding Kalmar Castle and the city park are many students' favourite.
The proximity to the ocean and the island of Öland has left its mark on the city and there are many long pedestrian paths along the coast. It is never far to anything in Kalmar and most places can be reached in just 5-10 minutes' walk – the university, the ocean, the gym, or the city centre, Kvarnholmen.
In Kalmar the university buildings and student accommodations are spread throughout the town and are well integrated with the historical surroundings – making students feel part of the town.