Introduction to Human Rights

Manfred Nowak
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2021S, Lecture and Discussion (VD), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S03112


Building upon skills acquired in the first term, this course deepens the students’ understanding of the human rights of specific groups and selected human rights from a multidisciplinary perspective. These include, for example, children’s rights, the right to life, to personal liberty, to privacy, to equality and non-discrimination, to health, to education, as well as freedom of the arts.

Students will learn about these rights in the framework of international and regional legal protection, analyse key historical developments and main challenges to their successful protection and implementation.

For their assessment, students will be asked to present a selected human right or a specific group, prepare a presentation and short paper.


Course dates:

15 March, 09.15-17.00

19 April, 09.15 - 17.00

3 May, 13.30 - 18.00

15 June, 10.15 - 18.00

Examination Modalities

Presentation of a paper topic, as well as submission and presentation of a paper (up to six pages) and active participation in the discussion of all papers.


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

2.) Blackstone's International Human Rights Documents, 12th Edition, Alison Bisset (ed.):


15 March 2021, 09:15–17:00 Seminar Room 24
19 April 2021, 09:15–17:00 FLUX 1
03 May 2021, 13:30–18:00 FLUX 1
15 June 2021, 10:15–17:45 Seminar Room 24

Course Enrolment

From 01 February 2021, 09:00 to 31 March 2021, 23:55
Via online registration

co-registration: possible

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Global Challenges and Cross-Disciplinary Capabilities: Foundation: Global Challenges

Individual courses: possible