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State, Market and Human Rights

Course
MR2106
Master’s level
15 credits (ECTS)

Summary

In the course State, Market and Human Rights you learn how to apply business and human rights standards to specific cases, identify and distinguish economic and business structures, actors (i.e. the State, businesses, non-governmental organizations) and identify and discuss emerging topics in human rights in relation to the market economy.

About

In the course State, Market and Human Rights you get to explore the tension of obligations and responsibilities of states and the emerging accountability discussions on market actors. The focus is on various contentious issues that have a bearing on the intersection of politics, economics and market economy, and human rights. The course encourages critical thinking about challenges spurred by this intersection and ways in which such challenges can be met by different actors, so as to improve the realization of human rights in a globalizing world.

Against this background, the course engages with different areas, such as child labour, gender and work, environmental impacts, degradations and environmental refugees, migrant workers, indigenous peoples’ land and cultural rights, farmers movements, transport, tourism and worker’s rights.

The course is organized in blocks clustering different themes, situations and case studies:

• The responsibility for human rights by different actors.

• The understanding and application of business and human rights standards.

• The assessment of how business and human rights standards are applied in practice by different actors, including the role of civil society in monitoring and developing human rights standards in the context of business and human rights.

Prerequisites and selection

Requirements

A completed BA with a minimum of 30 higher education credits in a subject within the field of Social Sciences or equivalent competence relevant to the main field of study Human Rights.

After graduation

In the course State, Market and Human Rights you learn how to apply business and human rights standards to specific cases, identify and distinguish economic and business structures, actors (i.e. the State, businesses, non-governmental organizations) and identify and discuss emerging topics in human rights in relation to the market economy.