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2012/2013  KAN-2BIR  Business Responsibilities for Human Rights

English Title
Business Responsibilities for Human Rights

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course period Spring
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for BSc/MSc i International Business and Politics, MSc
Course coordinator
  • Lynn Roseberry - Department of Management, Politics and Philosophy
Main Category of the Course
  • Business Law
  • International Politics
Last updated on 08-10-2012
Learning objectives
The purpose of the course is to provide students with the theoretical and analytical tools necessary to identify when business activities are likely to impinge on internationally recognized human rights and enable them to identify and formulate legal, political and business arguments for and against holding businesses responsible for respecting human rights.
After concluding the course, students should demonstrate:
  • Describe the content of the UN Global Compact and its relationship to underlying international human rights treaties.
  • Describe the main legal arguments and political arguments for and against holding businesses responsible for respecting human rights.
  • • Explain the main ways in which business activities may have an impact on the protection and enjoyment of human rights.
  • • Analyze specific cases where it is it is claimed that the business activities may have or actually do have effects on specific human rights.
Type of test Home Assignment
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner No second examiner
Exam period Summer Term, Individual home assignment, max. 12 standard pages

Re-take same as ordinary exam
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Course content
The course will cover the content and legal effects of the international treaties that embody what many recognize as “the international bill of rights”, the UN Global Compact, and other instruments of international law and policy concerning the relationship between business and human rights. The course will also provide an introduction to the development of the main international political and legal arguments for the proposition that businesses have some responsibility to respect human rights wherever they operate, regardless of the national legal context.
Teaching methods
Last updated on 08-10-2012