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010109 SE Universality and Particularity of the Human Rights (2019S)

5.00 ECTS (2.00 SWS), SPL 1 - Katholische Theologie
Continuous assessment of course work


Note: The time of your registration within the registration period has no effect on the allocation of places (no first come, first serve).


Language: English


Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

Dear students,
the course has the maximum number of participants and, therefore, it is not possible to enrol into it anymore. However, there is a waiting list in case some of the enrolled participants decide to not take the course. Hence, if you are interested in enrolling and wish to be put on the waiting list, please send an e-mail to the course teacher: nenad.polgar@univie.ac.at

Monday 24.06. 08:00 - 18:15 Seminarraum 1 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Tuesday 25.06. 08:00 - 18:15 Seminarraum 2 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Wednesday 26.06. 08:00 - 18:15 Seminarraum 2 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Thursday 27.06. 08:00 - 14:45 Seminarraum 2 (Kath) Schenkenstraße EG
Thursday 27.06. 15:00 - 18:15 Seminarraum 5 (Kath) Schenkenstraße 1.OG
Friday 28.06. 08:00 - 18:15 Seminarraum 8 Tiefparterre Hauptgebäude Stiege 9 Hof 5


Aims, contents and method of the course

This intensive seminar marks the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the UN Declaration on Human Rights in order to assess the state of human rights in the world today. Although the human rights discourse is often seen as the only ethical and legal discourse that has the universal appeal and reach in the contemporary world, a more careful engagement with this discourse demonstrates that its universality is brought into question by a whole range of theoretical and practical challenges. These challenges (for instance, postmodernity, pluralistic perspectives, practical denial of human rights, etc.) reveal the tension between universality and particularity of human rights, but instead seeing the two (universality and particularity) as necessarily in conflict or opting for one of them, the seminar is going to explore the possibility of a dialectical and mutually enriching relationship between them.

Assessment and permitted materials

contributions to discussions, poster presentation, written paper

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

basic knowledge of the human rights discourse and Christian/Catholic involvement in that discourse, basic knowledge of ethical theories and concepts

Examination topics

lectures, guest lectures, discussions, Internet Research, Group work, presentations, studies of texts, excursion

Reading list

see Moodle platform

Association in the course directory

für 011 (15W) FTH 17 oder FTH 26, 198 418 BA UF RK 16, 199 518 MA UF RK 02 oder RK 05, 033 195 (17W) BRP 18krp, BRP 12 ktb oder 18ktb, auslaufende Studienpläne: für 011 (11W) D31 oder DAM, 033 195 (15W) BAM 13, für SP PdR 11c , 066 796 (15W) MRP 9, Seminar oder (F)WF für 020

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