Human Rights in Historical and Philosophical Perspective

7.5 hp

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 people.


Växjö is a modern city with more than 80,000 inhabitants. The city has been declared "the Greenest City in Europe" because of its focus on environmentally sound solutions and the environmental programs implemented.

Being a student in Växjö you have easy access to everything – the city centre, the woods and the lakes. The pedestrian path from campus around Lake Växjösjön reaches almost all the way to the city centre and is perfect for jogging or taking long walks.

Campus Växjö is modeled along the lines of an American campus university and is the natural meeting place for students in Växjö. Campus is always bustling with life, and students move between lecture rooms, the University Library and the restaurants, pubs and outdoor recreational areas.