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2013/2014  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 - MPP
Main academic disciplines
  • Business Law
  • International Politics
Last updated on 05-07-2013
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 Global Compact and their 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.
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Individual
Size of written product Max. 15 pages
Assignment type Written assignment
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) One internal examiner
Exam period Summer Term
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure
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 Guiding Principles, 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 05-07-2013