RS: Human Rights, Democracy, Peace

Faculteit Letteren
Jaar 2021/22
Vakcode LYX063M10
Vaknaam RS: Human Rights, Democracy, Peace
Niveau(s) master
Voertaal Engels
Periode semester II

Uitgebreide vaknaam Onderzoekscollege: Mensenrechten, democratie en vrede
Leerdoelen Upon successful completion of the research seminars, a student is at least able to:

L1. Acquire, organize and apply knowledge about various aspects of the specialization(s) linked to the research seminar, as well as about the role of different actors within these fields. (PLO 1.1, 1.3, 2.3, 5.1)
L2. Develop a research plan with a clearly formulated problem definition, using one or more methods and techniques suitable for the research in the specific field of specialization. (PLO 2.1, 2.2)
L3. Act self-reliant and reliable in the execution of the tasks belonging to this course unit, and execute tasks in a scientifically, socially and ethically responsible manner. (PLO 3.1)
L4. Critically assess research of oneself and of others. (PLO 3.1, 3.2, 3.3, 5.2)
L5. Report on research choices and progress in a clear manner, with the help of ICT skills. (PLO 4.1, 4.3, 5.5)
L6. Express oneself in a clear and coherent manner, both in oral and in written/typed form, using understandable and correct English or Dutch. (PLO 4.1, 4.2, 4.3).

The PLO numbers correspond to the programme learning outcomes in the Teaching and Examination Regulations of the Master programme.
Omschrijving This research seminar is designed to explore the theory and practice of human rights and democratization. In the 1990s, a wave of democratization and calls for respect for human rights spread across Eastern Europe and continued across parts of Africa, Latin America, and Asia. Currently, we are witnessing uprisings and revolt across the Middle East and North Africa with calls for democracy, but the eventual institutional outcomes of these events are far from certain. In the process of democratization, both internal and external forces play a role in the success of transitions from autocratic regime to democracy.

Over the past decades, democracy promotion has become a prominent component of the foreign policy of developed democracies around the world. Key objectives may focus on the rule of law, respect for human rights, transparency and accountability, and democratic institution building. The strategies pursued in pursuit of democracy have differed at times in important ways between the European Union (and European states) and the United States. In the international context, the United Nations has also been active in democratic promotion and peace building, especially in post-conflict situations.

In this course, we are especially interested in linkages between democracy, respect for human rights and peace, in particular the role of democratization processes in post-conflict reconstruction policies. In post-conflict situations the reconstruction of societies is often hampered because of the grief and pain from past experiences. Groups in society often have experienced a bitter past with each other; ethnic and religious divisions tend to overshadow collective interests; poor economic circumstances promote competition over scarce resources and development opportunities. People have to learn to not only live together, but also to create collective goods in cooperation with each other.
Uren per week 3
Onderwijsvorm werkcollege
(Seminar starts in week 2)
Toetsvorm presentatie, schriftelijk tentamen, schriftelijke opdracht(en)
Vaksoort master
Coördinator prof. dr. R.L. Holzhacker
Docent(en) prof. dr. R.L. Holzhacker
Verplichte literatuur
Titel Auteur ISBN Prijs
Human Rights, Politics and Practice (paperback, new edition 2012) ($46.78) Michael Goodhart
Entreevoorwaarden Admission to the Master IR.
Opmerkingen Students have to complete two research seminars. See for more information the ‘brochure research seminars’ available on the Online Study Guide Master IR It is not possible to register for a Research Seminar via Progress. You should submit your preferences for your Research Seminars from Monday 24 January 2022 12.00 hrs (noon) until Friday 4 February 2022 23.59 hrs (see enrolment form).

The IR department will do the utmost to place you in your preferred research seminars, but because of scheduling and overall availability of places in the research seminars we cannot guarantee you will be placed in your first choice.

After you have submitted your preferences, you will be registered in Progress for your Research Seminars before 11 February. Research Seminars start in the week of 14 February.

For this course attendance is mandatory.
Opgenomen in
Opleiding Jaar Periode Type
Course units for exchange students 4 semester II keuze
Ma Internationale Betrekkingen  ( International Relations and International Organization) 1 semester II keuze
Ma Internationale Betrekkingen  (European Politics in a Global Perspective) 1 semester II keuze