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School of Economics and Political Science
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EPP9085739, A.A. 2019/20

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Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
EP1980, Degree course structure A.Y. 2013/14, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination HUMAN RIGHTS POLITICAL ANALYSIS (MOD. B)
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
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Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English

Teacher in charge PETRA ROTER

Integrated course for this unit
Course unit code Course unit name Teacher in charge

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses SPS/04 Polticial Science 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 45 105.0 No turn

Start of activities 23/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2013 course timetable

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Common characteristics of the Integrated Course unit

Prerequisites: Knowledge of both methodological and substantive fundamentals of international relations and international organisation.
Target skills and knowledge: 1) to familiarise with a number of concepts of International Relations and their interplay with human rights principles and standards;
2) to deepen the knowledge of the role and influence of human rights in contemporary international politics;
3) to assess practices of multi-level governance, international /regional organisations and other international actors in international politics that are relevant to understand the contemporary challenges of the multipolar world from the perspective of human rights;
4) to assess the contemporary challenges to multilateralism at different levels of governance and their impact for the functioning of the multi-layered regime for the protection of human rights, both general human rights and human rights of individual subjects (such as persons belonging to national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities);
5) to apply both theoretical knowledge and practice-oriented skills to policy-making.
Examination methods: The integrated course (12 ECTs) proposes one overall grade, composed of two parts, reflecting Module A on "Human Rights in International Politics" and Module B on "Human Rights Political Analysis". Each part consists of a combination of written assignments and oral presentations as indicated in the Syllabus of each Module, assessed separately. The final course grade will be the average resulting from the marks of each part.
Assessment criteria: The student will have to demonstrate a good command of the course topics, ability to analyse and critically approach issues dealing with the applied concept of Multi-level governance and its practices as well as with practice-oriented skills to policy-making in the international context, with particular attention to the human rights paradigm, demonstrating linguistic competence, the ability to sustain an argument, and using specific international organisation and human rights dictionary.

Specific characteristics of the Module

Course unit contents: This module analyses the multi-layered political processes related with managing diversity in the international community. It seeks to address the prevailing approaches in the international community, as established in different periods, towards addressing the issue of national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities and the rights of persons belonging to them. It will study the debates surrounding these processes, their outcomes (in terms of the internationally agreed approaches towards managing diversity), the implementation of the agreed upon norms and principles and major obstacles on the way towards managing diversity in a way that brings about the desired results: respect for human rights, including minority rights, preservation of peace and stability and the formation of integrated diverse societies. In this context, the institutional framework of international organisations as well as the roles of other international actors (states, minorities, persons belonging to them, NGOs, independent experts and others) will be analysed in different periods, with a special focus on the present multi-layered regime for the protection of national minorities (including ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities) and how the regime functions in practice.
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: Lectures, seminars, research seminars.
Additional notes about suggested reading: - Roter, Petra. 2001. Locating the “minority problem” in Europe: a historical perspective. Journal of International Relations and Development 4(3), 221–249.
- Preece, Jennifer Jackson. 1997. Minority Rights in Europe: From Westphalia to Helsinki. Review of International Studies, 23(1), 75–92.
- Roter, Petra. 2003. Managing the "minority problem" in Post-Cold War Europe within the framework of a multilayered regime for the protection of national minorities. European Yearbook of Minority Issues 1(2001/2), 85–129.
- Patrick Thornberry. 1991 (2001). International Law and the Rights of Minorities. Oxford: Oxford University Press and Clarendon Press. (chapters 14–22).
- International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966/76).
- General Comment No. 23: The rights of minorities (Art. 27): 8/4/94, CCPR/C/21/Rev.1/Add.5; available at This needs to be read together with Article 27 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966/1976).
- Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious and Linguistic Minorities, General Assembly Resolution 47/135 (Aneks), 18 December 1992, 32 ILM 911 (1993); available at
- Petra Roter and Brigitta Busch. 2018. Language rights in the work of the advisory committee. In I. Ulasiuk, L. Hadirca and W. Romans (eds.). Language policy and conflict prevention. Leiden/Boston: Brill Nijhoff, pp. 155–181.
- Council of Europe’s Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities. 1995/98. The text of the convention with the explanatory note available here:
- Third Thematic Commentary of the Advisory Committee. 2012. The Language Rights of Persons Belonging to National Minorities under the Framework Convention; available at
Brubaker, Rogers. 1995. National Minorities, Nationalizing States, and External National Homelands in the New Europe. Daedalus 124(2), 107–132.
OSCE HCNM Bolzano/Bozen Recommendations on National Minorities in Inter-State Relations. 2008. Available at:
OSCE HCNM Ljubljana Guidelines on Integration of Diverse Societies. 2012. Available here:
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