Content:

1.      Semester Dates and Teaching Schedule
2.      Guidelines
a)      Student guidelines
b)      Dissertation guidelines
c)      Internship guidelines
d)      By-Laws
e)      Teaching staff
3.      Resources
a)      Main Library
b)      CSHR Library
4.      http://lms.cmb.ac.lk/cshr/theme/image.php/clean/core/1452241818/spacerPlagiarism Policy
5.      Assignments
6.      Final Examination
7.      Dissertations
8.      How to contact us

Content:

A1

What is human rights? Philosophical Foundations

A2

What is human rights? Concepts

A3

International institutions dealing with Human Rights

A4

Sovereignty, Cosmopolitanism and Institutionalisation

A5

Philosophical critiques of human rights (Part I and II)

A6

The formation and structure of the United Nations (Part I and II)

A7

UN Human Rights Framework and key institutions (Part I and II)

A8

UN Treaty-based System (Part I and II)

A9

Progressive Realisation (Part I and II)

A10

Human rights obligations of Non-state actors

A11

The Right to Education (Part I and II)

A12

Key civil and political rights issues: the freedom from torture

A13

Key civil and political rights issues: Equality

A14

Key civil and political rights issues: Non-discrimination


Content:

B1

Understanding what research is, the role of research in human rights work and the importance of a critical approach to research

B2

Methodological debates, options and issues

B3

Quantitative and qualitative methods

B4

Surveys, constructing questionnaires and sampling, Quantitative/statistical analysis

B5

Fieldwork and participatory research

B6

Research ethics

B7

Designing research, formulating research questions and making methodological choices (Part I and II)

B8

Literature reviews, using secondary literature and accessing data sources

B9

Writing a research proposal

B10

The importance of making good arguments


Content:

C1

Introduction to Democracy and Democratisation

C2

Interdependence between Democracy and Human Rights

C3

Democracy, Equality, Justice and Popular Sovereignty

C4

Sri Lankan Civil Society

C5

Democracy, Constitutionalism and the Rule of Law

C6

Systems of Constitutional Governance

C7

Rule of Law and Independence of the Judiciary

C8

Group Rights/Minority Rights and Democracy

C9

Western and Non-Western Notions of Human Rights and Democracy

C10

Human Rights and Democracy during Crisis (Man made or natural causes)

C11

Transitional Democracy

C12

Independence of Public Service

C13

Electoral System

C14

Democratic Accountability


Content:

D1

Introduction to transitional justice:  dilemmas of dealing with the past

D2

Introduction to transitional justice components and standards

D3

Human rights law and the development of transitional justice principles

D4

Transitional justice and international criminal justice

D5

[Practical component]  Scenario 1: Negotiating a TJ policy: practical tips

D6

[Practical component]  Scenario 2: Negotiating the mandate of a TJ mechanism: practical tips

D7

Case study: Latin America

D8

Case study:  South Africa

D9

Case study:  Sierra Leone

D10

[Practical component]  Negotiating a TRC mandate: mock exercises