Introduction Regarding Programme Topics: Human Rights, Democracy, Politics

Manfred Nowak
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2018W, Vorlesungen (VO), 1.0 semester hours, course number S02150


The Introduction to Human Rights aims at providing a short overview of:

  • the philosophy and history of human rights both at the national and international level
  • the main mechanisms of protecting human rights in international organisations: United Nations, Council of Europe and other regional organisations
  • the main problems and challenges to human rights in the 21st century: economic and financial crisis, food and water crisis, armed conflicts, failed states, poverty, climate change, organized crime, terrorism, new authoritarianism, new technologies (surveillance methods, autonomous weapons, genetic engineering, artificial intelligence), etc.
  • the relationship between the arts and human rights.

Examination Modalities

Written exam, 24 January 2019 from 09:15-11:45


Allowed material to be used during the exam: Blackstone's International Human Rights Documents, 11th Edition, Alison Bisset (ed.)



1.) All Human Rights for All – Vienna Manual on Human Rights:

2.) Blackstone's International Human Rights Documents, 11th Edition, Alison Bisset (ed.): 


03 October 2018, 09:15–12:45
05 November 2018, 13:45–17:00
07 December 2018, 09:15–12:45
24 January 2019, 09:15–11:45 (examination)

Course Enrolment

Via online registration

co-registration: possible (1.0 ECTS)

Individual courses: possible (1.0 ECTS)