Human Rights and International Cooperation Development

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HUMAN RIGHTS AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION FOR DEVELOPMENT SYLLABUS Professor: Lucía Ferreiro Prado. Phd on International Relations Email:
Course Description
Human Rights and International Cooperation Development is a basic survey that will introduce you to a wide array of areas in the field of cooperation for development and, to a lesser extent, Human Rights. The first part of the course is comprised of three sections devoted to International Cooperation for Development and will comprise most of this subject. The second section of the course will be centered on Human Rights. Although it also has three sections, they will be a minor part of the course. Even though this course is taught in English, students should make an effort to understand Spanish. Some guest lectures might be delivered in Spanish and/or videos can be viewed in Spanish language -the amount of which is still to be determined- and certain assignments will require understanding the Spanish written language. If you have difficulties use dictionaries, ask your classmates or ask me. Method of Evaluation

Theoretical: 50%
* Final Exam: 25%
* Midterm exam: 10%
* Quizzes: 15 %

Not every quiz will be previously announced as they are considered a “predictable” part of the course, since they will be frequently administered (the number is freely determined by the professor). Quizzes will be distributed at the start of class and collected no later than 20 minutes after. There is no making-up for quizzes. This means that if the student does not come to class or comes late, the grade in that quiz will be a zero.

The exams and quizzes can deal with the part of the course considered practical. So, for example, there can be a quiz on something which has been worked in class or at home by the student.

Practical: 50%
* Reading quizzes: 10%
* Class and Home Assignments: 25 %
* Project: 10 % (further information on the project has been uploaded to moodle in the section: individual project). * Class exposition of project: 5%

Readings are an important part of the course, as they contribute to understand issues seen in class. Students are expected to come to class with the reading done. In order to verify the reading has been done, there will be specific reading quizzes. Class and home assignments are weighted heavily to underscore the importance of coming to class and working at home. If a student does not come to class, he/she will miss the assignment done that day and will have a zero (assignments will be done almost every day). Unless the assignment is due for the following class, in which case the work can be done at home, there is no making up. No late assignments will be accepted. Nevertheless, the student has the possibility of having three zeros erased from the final grade on this specific bloc. Examples of assignments are coming to class prepared for debates –having previously looked for information-, handouts, logical framework practices, etc. Project and class exposition of project: For further information, please look at Moodle, under the heading “Project” where all the instructions for the project and exposition are clearly specified.

Copying is absolutely forbidden and will be severely punished. Please, look at the “Academic integrity policies” where further information on the matter is provided.


Participation, attitude, punctuality: Students can obtain up to an additional 10% if they are active in class participation, punctual and show a positive attitude towards their peers and the teacher.

In order to be in a position to obtain this extra-point, the student must, at least, have a grade of 4 both in the practical and theoretical part of the course. Students without a grade of 4 are not eligible for the extra-point.

Participation: In addition to taking an active part as members of the class, students are encouraged to look for information on the papers about issues...
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