Unit Summary

In this unit you have covered the following main points.

  • the nature of human rights, and the main principles generating human rights
  • the theoretical reasons for defining human rights, including moral vision, political vision, and the protection of those rights
  • a summary review of important international human rights conventions, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
  • the argument for the universality of human rights and the debate over whether rights are culturally relative
  • identifying issues related to the three categories of human rights and the setting of priorities for human rights.

To check how you have got on, look back at the learning outcomes for this unit and see if you can now do them.

In the next unit, we look at democratic values and structures.