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The following readings are recommended for students interested in exploring the topics of this Module in more detail, and for lecturers teaching the Module:
- Deign, John (2002).
An Introduction to Ethics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. »
An easy to read introduction to ethics.
- Kung, Hans (1991).
Global Responsibility: In Search of a New World Ethic. London: SCM. »
The efforts of a Christian theologian to articulate a universal ethic based on responsibility.
- MacIntyre, Alasdair (1989).
A Short History of Ethics. London: Routledge. »
A good short history of ethics from within the Western tradition.
- Rosenthal, Joel H. and Christian Barry, eds. (2009).
Ethics and International Affairs: A Reader. Washington DC: Georgetown University Press. »
A series of essays by scholars from the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs treating different moral dilemmas such as poverty, war, and the environment.
- Sterba, James P., ed. (1998).
The Big Questions. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell. »
An easy to read introduction to ethics that focuses on questions students have.
- Arat, Zehra F. Kabaskal (2006). "Forging a global culture of human rights: origins and prospects of the international bill of rights."
Human Rights Quarterly, vol. 28, No. 2, pp. 416-437. »
A philosophical reflection on the cultural power of human rights.
- Del Valle, Fernando Berdion and Kathryn Sikkink (2017). "(Re)Discovering duties: individual responsibilities in the age of rights."
Minnesota Journal of International Law, vol. 26, Nos. 1-2, pp. 189-245. »
An important article on the idea of responsibility and how it relates to values.
- Buergenthal, Thomas (1997). "The normative and institutional evolution of international human rights."
Human Rights Quarterly, vol. 19, No. 4, pp. 703-723. »
A historical study of human rights.
- Lauren, Paul Gordon (2003).
The Evolution of International Human Rights: Visions Seen. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. »
A historical and conceptual study of human rights.
- Maritain, Jacques (2007). "The grounds for an international declaration of human rights." In Micheline R. Ishay, ed.
The Human Rights Reader: Major Political Essays, Speeches, and Documents from Ancient Times to the Present. New York and London: Routledge. »
A short article by the editor of the UNESCO volume with a focus on the shared origins of human rights.
- Morsink, Johannes (1999).
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights: Origins, Drafting, and Intent. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. »
A detailed study of the drafting and acceptance of the UDHR.
- Waltz, Susan (2004). "Universal human rights: the contribution of Muslim states."
Human Rights Quarterly, vol. 26, No. 4, pp. 799-844. »
An interesting study of how Muslim states, such as Saudi Arabia, played an important role in the UDHR.
- Waltz, Susan (2001). "Universalizing human rights: the role of small states in the construction of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights."
Human Rights Quarterly, vol. 23, No. 1, pp. 44-72. »
A focus on the role of small states in the formation of the UDHR.
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