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240064 VO+UE VM1 / VM3 - Climate Change, Social (Global) Inequalities and Human Rights (2020S)

Continuous assessment of course work

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Details

max. 25 participants
Language: German

Lecturers

Classes (iCal) - next class is marked with N

There is a change of location on 18.5.!!

Monday 16.03. 12:00 - 15:00 (ehem. Seminarraum Internationale Entwicklung Afrikawissenschaften UniCampus Hof 5 2Q-EG-05)
Monday 30.03. 12:00 - 15:00 (ehem. Seminarraum Internationale Entwicklung Afrikawissenschaften UniCampus Hof 5 2Q-EG-05)
Monday 27.04. 12:00 - 15:00 (ehem. Seminarraum Internationale Entwicklung Afrikawissenschaften UniCampus Hof 5 2Q-EG-05)
Monday 18.05. 12:00 - 15:00 Seminarraum SG2 Internationale Entwicklung, Sensengasse 3, Bauteil 1
Monday 25.05. 12:00 - 15:00 (ehem. Seminarraum Internationale Entwicklung Afrikawissenschaften UniCampus Hof 5 2Q-EG-05)
Monday 15.06. 12:00 - 15:00 (ehem. Seminarraum Internationale Entwicklung Afrikawissenschaften UniCampus Hof 5 2Q-EG-05)
Monday 29.06. 12:00 - 15:00 (ehem. Seminarraum Internationale Entwicklung Afrikawissenschaften UniCampus Hof 5 2Q-EG-05)

Information

Aims, contents and method of the course

The impact of climate change is closely related to (global) social and economic inequalities. The Intergovernmental Panel and Climate Change pointed out that 'risks are unevenly distributed and are generally greater for disadvantaged people and communities in countries at all levels of development.' (IPCC 2014). UN human rights bodies have increasingly voiced their concern about the adverse consequences of climate changes on the human rights of specific persons and communities. The UN Human Rights Council, for example, emphasized that 'adverse effects of climate change are felt most acutely by those segments of the population that are already in vulnerable situations owing to factors such as geography, poverty, gender, age, indigenous or minority status, national or social origin, birth or other status and disability' (2017). Global inequalities are also apparent in the fact that those who historically have contributed least to global warming will be affected most by climate-related impacts. However, the interrelation between global warming and (global) social and economic inequalities is a multi-faceted and complex issue. The objective of the course is to elaborate on the interrelation between climate change and social (global) inequalities from a human rights perspective. A particular focus will be laid on the link between global warming, inequalities and human (im)mobility (displacement, relocation, migration).

Based on case studies and the analysis of academic literature, but also political and legal documents, students are instructed to elaborate on crucial issues in the context of global warming, in particular social (global) inequalities, (im)mobility and human rights.

Assessment and permitted materials

1) Participation during the lectures (in case of online-learning-lectures: participation in online-fora)
2) Reading of obligatory literature
3) 3 written exercises: short summary, comment, factsheet, and the timely handing-in of the exercises
4) In times the course is taking part as in-class lectures students may be asked to present their factsheets

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

Active participation 20%
Summary 25%
Comment 25%
Factsheet 30%

Examination topics

At the beginning of the term the students will be provided with a syllabus containing a list of mandatory literature and policy and legal documents for each lesson. The students are required to read the literature/documents in advance, which will be the basis for presentation and discussions during the lessons.

Reading list

Selection of Literature/Documents:
Black, Richard; Bennett, Stephen R. G.; Thomas, Sandy M. and Beddington, John R. (2011) Migration as Adaptation, in Nature, Vol. 478, 447-449.

Human Rights Council (2009) Report of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the relationship between climate change and human rights, UN General Assembly A/HRC/10/61 15 January 2009, abrufbar unter http://www2.ohchr.org/english/issues/climatechange/docs/A.HRC.10.61_AUV.pdf

Human Rights Council (2018) Addressing human rights protection gaps in the context of migration and displacement of persons across international borders resulting from the adverse effects of climate change and supporting the adaptation and mitigation plans of developing countries to bridge the protection gaps, A/HRC/38/21, https://reliefweb.int/sites/reliefweb.int/files/resources/G1811626.pdf

31. John Knox (2018) Framework Principles on Human Rights and the Environment, The main human rights obligations relating to the enjoyment of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment, http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/Issues/Environment/SREnvironment/FrameworkPrinciplesUserFriendlyVersion.pdf

Lewis, Bridget (2018) Environmental Human Rights and Climate Change. Current Status and Future Prospects. Springer.

Manou, D./Baldwin, A./Cubie, D./Mihr, A. and Thorp, T. (eds.) (2017) Climate Change, Migration and Human Rights. Law and Policy Perspectives. Earthscan from Routledge.

UNDP (2019) ‘Chapter 5: Climate change and inequalities in the Anthropocene’, in UNDP (ed.) Human Development Report 2019, available at http://hdr.undp.org/sites/default/files/hdr2019.pdf

Association in the course directory

VM1, VM3

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