Human Rights and Duties

SubjectHuman Rights and Duties
Semester5th semester (autumn)
Study programme:Business studies (undergraduate)
Primary language:Slovene
The course »human rights and duties« addresses both substantive and procedural protection of human rights. Special attention is given to the definition of the subject area of individual civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights.

The present course contributes to the development of following generic and specific competencies of students:
a) General competencies
  • Ability to understand the fundamental institutes of human rights and duties
  • Development of knowledge and understanding of legal concepts, rule of law, legal principles in the field of public law
  • Improvement and development of oral and presentation skills in the academic world and in practice
  • Develop the ability to write professional articles on a professional level
  • Ability to cite sources correctly in the text and at its end.
b) Specific competencies
  • Ability to understand and critical interpret the main institutes of constitutional and international human rights
  • Ability to conquer the fundamental questions of substantive law and procedural law of human rights and their application in practical situations
  • Ability to use the acquired knowledge for solving specific problems and working with people in practice
  • The concept, origins and sources of human rights and duties
  • Civil and political rights I (right to life, prohibition of torture, right to liberty and security)
  • Civil and political rights II (right to a fair trial, freedom of thought, conscience and religion)
  • Civil and political rights III (freedom of speech, right to privacy, freedom of association)
  • International protection of economic, social and cultural rights
  • Protection of human rights of children, women, migrant workers
  • Domestic and international procedural protection of human rights
  • Human Rights, Globalization and Business
  • International protection of human rights and intercultural cooperation
  • Substantive and procedural protection of human rights
Teaching and learning activities
  • Lectures
  • Conversation / debate
  • Presentation of seminar papers
  • Study of cases
  • Role play
Evaluation systems and criteria 
Evaluation includes two elements: seminar paper and examination. Seminar paper and its presentation contributes 20% to the final assessment.
Teaching and learning materials
  • Šturm, Lovro. 1998. Omejitev oblasti. Ljubljana: Nova revija.
  • Gomien, Donna. 2009. Kratek vodič po Evropski konvenciji o človekovih pravicah. Svet Evrope.
 Office hours
  • Before and after the lectures
  • By agreement