Mar 31, 2023  
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23
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POLS 4705 - The Politics of Rights

There are few legal, normative, and political issues more important than the efforts and struggles surrounding rights. It could be argued that the emergence of democratic political systems rested much of their legitimacy upon the claim that they guaranteed certain fundamental rights for citizens. Course examines the multifaceted character of rights discourse and struggles. The varied origins of rights narratives will be explored, as well as the controversies over the extension and effectiveness of rights to diverse populations. Students think critically about the rights they take for granted as well as the rights yet to be granted, to themselves and/or others.

Requisites: 6 Hours in POLS
Credit Hours: 3
Repeat/Retake Information: May be retaken two times excluding withdrawals, but only last course taken counts.
Lecture/Lab Hours: 3.0 lecture
Grades: Eligible Grades: A-F,WP,WF,WN,FN,AU,I
Learning Outcomes:
  • Students will comprehend the relationship between rights and political struggles generally, such as civil rights struggles.
  • Students will grasp the diverse controversies surrounding the effectiveness of rights as legal and political strategies.
  • Students will understand the relationship between rights and different forms of oppression such as racism and sexism.
  • Students will understand the various origins of rights-based political, moral, and legal narratives.

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