About the course

Course content

The aim of the course is to provide independent knowledge and in-depth understanding of the right to life and modern conceptions of life. It aims to discuss conceptions of life in the context of the right to life as a human right. That life is a foundation for rights is more complex than it may seem at first, i. e. when we take account changes in the conception of life from antiquity to modernity as well as changes of it in modern society. Life is a central notion in debates about such issues as health, the mapping of the human body and the possibilities of altering human life as well with regard to questions that concern the social and cultural composition of the population and the possibilities of enhancing the productivity of the population. These are examples where the concept of life has direct bearing on what it means to be a human being in a modern society and therefore also for what the right to life entails.

The course comprises independent and theoretically oriented studies of literature in the area of right to life and conceptions of life. The course is based on research and it has a theoretical focus. Central works concerning the right to life and conceptions of life are read, discussed and reflected upon, both orally and in written.

Syllabus and course literature

You can find a list of literature in the syllabus, along with other details about the course.

Entry requirements and selection

Entry requirements

Admission to the course requires a minimum of 60 approved credits with a certain progression in one of the following Major Subjects: European Studies, Human Rights, International Migration and Ethnic Relations, International Relations or Peace and Conflict Studies or similar.


University credits completed 100%

Course evaluation

The University provides students who participate in or who have completed a course with the opportunity to make known their experiences and viewpoints with regards to the course by completing a course evaluation administered by the University. The University will compile and summarize the results of course evaluations as well as informing participants of the results and any decisions relating to measures initiated in response to the course evaluations. The results will be made available to the students (HF 1:14).


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