Universität Wien

380076 SE Cinema and Human Rights (2017W)

for graduate students

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 served).


max. 25 participants
Language: English



20. Oktober 2017 10:00-12:00

Forschungszentrum Menschenrechte, Hörlgasse 6/9, 1090 Wien

Weitere Termine:
4 Termine während des Filmfestivals this human world (20.11. - 10.12.2017); die genauen Termine werden noch bekannt gegeben. + 1 Abschlußveranstaltung


Aims, contents and method of the course

Human rights documentaries are a powerful tool when it comes to raising the awareness for human rights violations. In a unique manner movies can draw the public attention to specific countries or regions where human rights are violated and at the same time empower those whose rights are violated. In addition it allows the viewer to go beyond the theoretical knowledge of human rights issues.
The aim of the seminar is to analyse various documentaries in the light of the rights stipulated in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other regional and international human rights documents. As such, it is intended to introduce students to a human rights focused analysis of films, sensitize students for the rights in question and familiarize them with the legal foundation. .

Assessment and permitted materials

Seminar - Paper:
You have to write one seminar paper (10 pages) on one of the films. The paper has to be written in English. The paper should approach the documentaries as case studies for a specific human rights issue. The film should be used as the starting point and the context of your analysis. The human rights law analysis is central, but your paper should not be limited to it. Elaborate on the political, historical, sociological etc. situation portrayed. Reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of the seminar, you are encouraged to also apply methodology and expertise specific to your own academic background.
Attendance: If you miss more than one screening, you won´t be eligible to receive credits for the course. One absence can be accepted in urgent cases (please provide explanation PRIOR to the session that you are unable to attend).

Minimum requirements and assessment criteria

To deepen the knowledge of human rights by analyzing human rights documentaries.

Examination topics

The seminar is open to students with a profound background knowledge in the field of human rights e.g. Completion of one of the courses in the Wahlfachkorb Grund- und Menschenrechte or/and knowledge of the book Manfred Nowak/Karolina m. Januszewski/Tina Hofstätter (eds.), All Human Rights for All (2012).
Admission Requirements:
The number of participants is limited to 25 students. Due to the high volume of applications we ask you to send a brief summary of your human rights background to anna.mueller-funk@univie.ac.at. Phd students, who fulfill the requirements will be admitted preferentially.

Reading list

Manfred Nowak/Karolina m. Januszewski/Tina Hofstätter (eds.), All Human Rights for All (2012)
Key human rights documents Material relevant to the chosen topic/film

Association in the course directory

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