Fall 2011

Religious Ethics and Human Rights

Listed in: Religion, as RELI-222


Brian Sorrells (Section 01)


This course examines central issues in the relationships between several religious traditions and human rights.  The first two-thirds of the course is largely theoretical: we explore some of the most influential religious and philosophical criticisms of human rights, assess several proposed theories of human rights, and survey the approaches to justifying human rights of three religious traditions – Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.  In the remaining third of the course we will consider several contemporary human rights debates in which religion is centrally or frequently involved.  These may include women's rights, sexual orientation, religious violence and terrorism, religious freedom, and the role of religion in politics and public law.

  Fall semester.  Visiting Lecturer Sorrells.


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2011