2016/17 (Autumn)

Approaches to Quantitative Human Rights Research (PG)

Why are human rights well protected by some states, while others have a notoriously bad repression record? Understanding the conditions under which governments protect human rights is crucial for the field of International Relations and policy makers alike. This module will discuss current quantitative research on political and economic determinants of human rights. We will address the state-of-the-art work on personal integrity rights, civil and political rights, socioeconomic rights and labour rights. The main goal is to rigorously review and assess published research and methodological approaches to identify research gaps and formulate research questions which will advance the human rights literature. At the end of the class, students will have a clear understanding about cutting-edge quantitative human research, how to select appropriate methodological approaches, and how to design their own human rights project. [Module Guide]

Understanding Global Politics (UG)

This module introduces global politics through the major theoretical, historical and empirical ways of seeing international relations. We consider how different approaches understand global politics, the role of different actors in global politics and different approaches to organising international relations. In particular the module highlights the major issues of war and peace, and global poverty. Course convenor: Ben Holland.

I will be teaching Globalisation (week 7) and International Human Rights Norms (week 9), as well as two seminars on Tuesdays 2-3pm & 3-4pm.

Previous courses (Cambridge University)