Introduction to Global Challenges

Manfred Nowak
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2022W, Lecture and Discussion (VD), 2.0 ECTS, 2.0 semester hours, course number S04482


This course will introduce students to the field of human rights from a multidisciplinary perspective.

First, students will learn about the philosophy and history of human rights both at the national and international level. More concretely, the main mechanisms of protecting human rights in international organisations will be discussed, including the United Nations, the Council of Europe and other regional organisations.

Further, students will analyze the main problems and challenges to human rights in the 21st century: pandemics, economic and financial crisis, food and water crisis, armed conflicts, failed states, poverty, climate change, organized crime, terrorism, economic inequalities, new authoritarianism, new technologies, etc.

Finally, the class will address the relationship between the arts and human rights.

Examination Modalities

Written exam.

Permitted material to be used during the exam: Blackstone's International Human Rights Documents, 12th Edition, Alison Bisset (ed.)


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

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


Students from other faculties or universities will receive a place on the course subject to room capacities.


05 October 2022, 09:15–13:30 CDS Lecture Room
03 November 2022, 12:00–18:00 Seminar Room 34
04 November 2022, 10:00–12:45 CDS Seminar Room
28 November 2022, 09:15–14:45 CDS Lecture Room
18 January 2023, 16:00–18:00 CDS Lecture Room (examination)

Course Enrolment

From 30 August 2022, 10:30 to 31 October 2022, 10:30
Via online registration

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Study Areas: Study Area 3: Economics and Politics 569/020.03

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Master): Elective Field: only students without a bachelor's degree in CDS: from Study Areas 1-6 569/080.10

Cross-Disciplinary Strategies (Bachelor): Global Challenges and Cross-Disciplinary Capabilities: Foundation: Global Challenges 700/005.10

Co-registration: possible

Attending individual courses: possible