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Бакалаврская программа «Политология и мировая политика»

Fundamentals of Civil Society and Human Rights

Учебный год
Обучение ведется на английском языке
Курс по выбору
Когда читается:
3-й курс, 3 модуль


Course Syllabus


During the course will be used such definition of civil society as a set of selfgovernment persons and their organizations (and various connections between them), acting independently from government, but with respect to the law. Four main parts of civil society will be considered: political parties and movements, business associations and trade unions, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) or organization of the third sectors, and mass media. Considering human rights conception will starts from analyzing of different approaches to this definition. Relationship between conception of universality of human rights and different political ideologies will be in focus of analyze. The answer to the question: “Why is universality of human rights so widely recognized now?” as well as international and national institutions for human rights promotion and protection will be subjects of learning in this course.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The course is devoted to the historical ideas and contemporary conception of civil society and human rights.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Able to think critically and interpret the experience (personal and of other persons), relate to professional and social activities
  • Able to solve professional problems based on synthesis and analysis.
  • Able to conduct professional activities internationally
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Civil Society in Contemporary World
    Possible definition. Structure of Civil Society. Civil Society, Democracy and Human Rights Illiberal Civil Society?
  • Civil Society in Russia and other post-communist countries
    USSR: Civil Society as a Dream. Development of Civil Society in Russia in 90th. Putin’s Alliance with NGOs in 2000-2003. Phobia of ‘Color Revolutions’ and first wave of anti-NGO politics (2004-2008). Third and Fourth Putin’s term: conservative turn
  • Civil Society and Government: Role of Mediator Structures
    Border Organizations & Mediator Structures. 2. Public Chambers in Russian Regions. . Public Chambers in NIS countries. Think Tanks in Russia and Russian Regions
  • Concept of Human Rights.
    Notion of Human Rights. The reasons for world recognition of the universal human rights. Human rights generations
  • Human Rights and State Sovereignty
    Relationship between Human Rights and National Sovereignty. Global Justice & National Sovereignty. International Human Rights Institutes. Human rights institutionalization in post-communist Russia.
  • National Human Rights Institutes
    Ombudsman Institute: history and models. Development of ombudsman institute in Russia: some data and statistic. Russian federal and regional ombudsmen: who are their? New human rights institute and political regime: some problems. HR-NGO as Non-governmental Human rights institute
  • Human Rights in XXI Century: Unresolved Problems
    Rights for life and rights for death. Human Rights Universality and Principles of Multiculturalism. Human Rights and Human Responsibility. ‘Responsibility to protect’ and problem of double standards. Human Rights and Geopolitics Approaches. Problems of Transitional Justice Concept
  • Concept of Civil Society: History
    Introduction to the Course. Notion of Civil Society in the Antiquity and the Middle Ages. . Notion of Civil Society in Modernity. Civil Society as a ‘Banner’ against Communist Regime. . L and M conceptions of Civil Society
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Class participation
    At a minimum, every student is expected to read the required readings each week (never more than two texts) and prepare discussion points on the seminar questions (five every week). The surest way for a student to get a top grade for Participation is to show evidence, in class, of having read and understood not just these texts but also some of the optional readings, as well. You will notice from a close reading of the seminar questions, up to half of them require some knowledge of the optional readings. It follows that the highest grades for Participation will only be available to students who can prepare discussion points that include references to these optional readings. Every week the seminar leaders (Kirill Shamshura) will keep a running tally of each students Participation score, and work out their overall grade for Participation after the final seminar.
  • non-blocking Essay
    Every student is expected to write an assessed Research Essay (word limit of 2000 words). Topics for a research essay should narrow down one of the questions from examination list for the course. Here are a few tips on how to do well in this assessment: Think about a ‗research question‘ that you want to answer. You can use the seminar questions as a guide. You can, if you wish, actually use one of these seminar questions as your research question. But you may also wish to come up with your own question. If you wish some assistance in formulating your question, do not hesitate to consult either one of the course instructors. Structure your essay so that it includes at least the following sections: Introduction, Literature Review, Analytical part that consistently represents argumentation answering your research question, Conclusion and discussion of results within the existing in scholarly literature debates. As a rough guide, the Introduction and Conclusion should be no more than 500 words (25%) of your whole essay. The Literature Review section ought to concentrate on the literature debates about the political ideas you are looking at, with reference to the overall research question you are looking to answer. The Analytical part section ought to offer your own answer to this question. Do not go over or under the word limit 2000 words by more or less than 10%. Every 10% (200 words) more or less than the word limit will incur a 10% grade penalty. The word limit does NOT include the title page, footnotes, endnotes and bibliography. It only refers to the substantive content of the essay itself. Write your essay in 12 point Times New Roman, 1.5 spacing. You can use larger font for titles and section headings, if you wish. Or you can put these in bold or underline them. This is a stylistic choice that is up to you. Failure to do so will mean an automatic grade of 0%. This is a very strict deadline. Extensions will only be granted in exceptional cases, and only when there is supportive documentation from a parent or guardian, and a doctor or lawyer (when relevant).
  • non-blocking Exam
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (3 module)
    0.4 * Class participation + 0.4 * Essay + 0.2 * Exam


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Dancy, G. V. (DE-588)1151736112, (DE-627)1012250407, (DE-576)497996731, aut. (2019). Behind bars and bargains new findings on transitional justice in emerging democracies Geoff Dacy (Tulane University), Bridget E. Marchesi (University of Minnesota), Tricia D. Olsen (University of Denver), Leigh A. Payne (University of Oxford), Andrew G. Reiter (Mount Holyoke College) and Kathryn Sikkink (Harvard University). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.1662899300
  • Freeman, M. (2017). Human Rights (Vol. Third edition). Cambridge: Polity. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=nlebk&AN=1562072
  • Gregg, B. G. (2016). The Human Rights State : Justice Within and Beyond Sovereign Nations. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1648930
  • Human rights, civil society, and democratic governance in Russia : current situation and prospects for the future : hearing before the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, One Hundred Ninth Congress, second session, February 8, 2006. (2008). Washington : U.S. G.P.O. : For sale by the Supt. of Docs., U.S. G.P.O., 2008. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsgpr&AN=edsgpr.000624626
  • Kristin E. Fabbe. (2018). Civil Society. [N.p.]: Harvard Business Publishing Education. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2307470
  • Renders, D., Ceci, L., & The Ombudsman in an open and participatory society. General Assembly IOI-Europe. (2018). The Ombudsman as a Guarantor of International Commitments. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.38825CD
  • Smith, M. C. (2018). A Civil Society? : Collective Actors in Canadian Political Life (Vol. Second edition). Toronto, Ontario: University of Toronto Press, Higher Education Division. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1668842
  • Think Tanks, Foreign Policy and the Emerging Powers / edited by James G. McGann. (2019). Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edswao&AN=edswao.508136636

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • McGann, J. G. (2018). Think Tanks, Foreign Policy and the Emerging Powers. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1845903