Undergraduate Module Descriptor

POL2123: The Idea of Human Rights

This module descriptor refers to the 2022/3 academic year.

Indicative Reading List

This reading list is indicative - i.e. it provides an idea of texts that may be useful to you on this module, but it is not considered to be a confirmed or compulsory reading list for this module.

The reading will vary from year to year, but will usually include a number of classic historical and contemporary texts that concern human rights, including the following:

  • Thomas Paine, Rights of Man (1791 [1995]), ed. Mark Philp, Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Hannah Arendt, The Origins of Totalitarianism (1958) London: George Allen & Unwin
  • John Rawls, The Law of Peoples (1999) Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press
  • James Griffin, On Human Rights (2008) Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Charles Beitz, The Idea of Human Rights (2009) Oxford: Oxford University Press