Introduction to Human Rights

Manfred Nowak
Arts and Society, Cross-Disciplinary Strategies
2023S, 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, 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 submit and present a short paper about a selected human right or a specific group.


17 March: Introduction to specific human rights

2 June: Presentation of papers on civil and political rights and discussion

23 June: Presentations of papers on economic, social and cultural rights and discussion

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.


17 March 2023, 09:00–16:30 CDS Lecture Room
02 June 2023, 09:00–16:30 CDS Lecture Room
23 June 2023, 09:00–16:30 Seminar Room 30

Course Enrolment

From 22 February 2023, 10:17 to 31 March 2023, 23:55
Via online registration

Co-registration: possible

Attending individual courses: possible