Harvard Divinity School

Introduction to Human Rights and Justice

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2014

This course seeks to give an introduction to contemporary discussions about justice, human rights, and religion. It will survey the conceptions of rights within political theology and within contemporary theories of justice. Special attention will be given to the work of Rawls, Habermas, Nussbaum, Sen, Walzer, Sandel, Moltmann, Woltersdorf, and Schmitt. It will seek to show how a conception of human rights relates to religion within the framework of a discourse ethics. Note: Last hour of course is a required discussion session. Offered jointly with the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as Read more about Introduction to Human Rights and Justice

Conflict, Ethics and Human Rights: Assessing the role of Religion in International Politics

Semester: 

Fall

Offered: 

2014

The end of the Cold War was characterized not only by the collapse of old Empires and the rise of new economic forces, but also by the emergence of ethnic and religious groups in world politics. Everywhere we witnessed greater tensions and confrontations between cultures or religious based politics and the international system based on secular ethics. This course will address the following questions: Why has secular nationalism failed? Why is religion seen as a legitimate alternative form of politics nationally and internationally? Is there a proclivity to violence from religious Read more about Conflict, Ethics and Human Rights: Assessing the role of Religion in International Politics