SemesterSpring Semester, 2021
DepartmentInternational Master's Program in International Studies, First Year International Master's Program in International Studies, Second Year
Course NameDebating Human Security: Justice, Equality, Humanity and Rights
InstructorWANG YUN
Course TypeElective
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule





  1. Lecture: Introduction

  2. Binder, Libuse. 2009. Ten Ways to Change the World in Your Twenties.

  3. *YouTube video: Libuse Binder

  1. Overview of the syllabus

  2. What are justice, equality, and rights?

  3. How can “you” do about them?


  1. Kaldor, ch.5 A Decade of Humanitarian Intervention,

  2. Owen and Liotta, 2006. “Why Human Security?” Whitehead Journal of Diplomacy and International Relations Vol VII, No. 1: 37-55.

  3. *Roland Paris, “Human Security: Paradigm Shift or Hot Air,” International Security, Vol. 26, N. 2, Fall 2001: 87-102.

  4. *PJ Burgess and Owen, “What is ‘Human Security’? Comments by 21 Authors” Security Dialogue, Vol. 35, No. 3, September 2004: 345-72.

  5. YouTube Video: New War 2.0: Interview with Kaldor


  1. Are there universal standards of justice, equality and rights?

  2. What is human security?

  3. Group preference due

(* are recommended readings)


  1. Human Rights

(Issues of Universality and Rights)


  1. Kaldor, ch.2 or Kaldor 2003 “American Power from Compellance to Cosmopolitanism”

  2. Gary King and Christpher Murray, “Rethinking Human Security”

  3. *Donnelly, Jack. 2007. “The Relative Universality of Human Rights” Human Rights Quarterly 29(2)

  4. *Goodhart, Michael. 2008. “Neither Relative nor Universal: A Response to Donnelly” Human Rights Quarterly 30(1): 183-193


  1. Who’s security? Measurement of human security

  2. Universal rights?

  3. Cultural rights?

  4. Political rights and socioeconomic rights, which one should be first?



  1. Thompson, Mark R.. “Pacific Asia after 'Asian Values': Authoritarianism, Democracy, and 'Good Governance'.” Third World Quarterly, Vol. 25, No. 6 (2004), pp. 1079-1095.

  2. Osofsky, Hari M.. “Understanding ‘Hostage-Diplomacy’: The Release of Wei Jingsheng and Wang Dan” Yale Human Rights & Development Law Journal 1 (1998).

  3. * Wachman, Alan. “Does the Diplomacy of Shame Promote Human Rights in China?” Third World Quarterly (2001).


  1. Human Rights: the East and the West

  2. Asian values

  3. Case: Hostage diplomacy

  4. QUIZ 1



  1. Just War

(Issues of Stability and Responsibility)


  1. Kaldor, Chapter 6 From Just War to Just Peace

  2. Owen, 2011, “R2P: More than a slogan”

  3. *Weiss, Thomas “The Sunset of Humanitarian Intervention? The R2P in a Unipolar Era,” Security Dialogue, 2004 35: 2: 135-153.

  4. *Deitelhoff, Nicole, 2009. "The Discursive Process of Legalization: Charting Islands of Persuasion in the ICC Case," International Organization, 63(01): 33-65.

  5. *ICRC, “International Humanitarian Law in Brief”


  1. Just war theory and humanitarian intervention

  2. UN human security institutions

  3. R2P



  1. Group discussant (online)




  1. What is thought paper

  2. Thought Paper topic out


  1. Human Rights Watch, “Selling Justice Short,” 2009.

  2. Scott Strauss, “Darfur and the Genocide Debate” Foreign Affairs, January/February 2005

  3. *Kenneth Roth, "The Law of War in the War on Terror," Foreign Affairs, January/February 2004.


  1. Just war theory in test: Africa

  2. Just war theory in test: China

  3. Just war theory in test: torture


  1. Humanitarian Issues

(Issues of Justice and Humanity)


  1. Kaldor, Chapter 5 or Kaldor 2003, “The idea of global civil society”

  2. Don Hubert, “The Landmine Treaty: A Case Study in Humanitarian Advocacy, Watson Jr. Institute for International Studies, Occasional Paper # 42, 2000, Chapter 5.

  3. *Thomas Weiss, 2006, “Principles, Politics, and Humanitarian Action” Ethics & International Affairs 13(1)


  1. Global Civil Society and Cosmopolitanism

  2. Landmine ban movement and transnational advocacy


  1. Movie: TBA






  1. Lombardi, 2012, “Religion and Human Security: an Understudied Relationship” Religion and HS Ch.1

  2. * Griffin, 2012, “In Violence and in Peace: The Role of Religion and Human Security in Northern Ireland” Religion and HS Ch.12

  3. * Métraux, 2012, “The Soka Gakkai and Human Security” Religion and HS Ch.15


  1. Case: Religions in wars and peace



  1. Trade and Immigration

(Issues of Development and Equality)


  1. (Video) Pietra Rivoli. 2009. The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy

  2. Wu, Guoguang. 2013. “Human security challenges with China: why and how the rise of China makes the world vulnerable?”

  3. *Tarrow, Sidney G. 2005. The New Transnational Activism, New York: Cambridge University Press. Ch.1-2.

  4. *Yong Deng and Thomas G. Moore, “China Views Globalization: Toward a New Great-Power Politics?” The Washington Quarterly, 27 (3) (Summer 2004): 117 – 136.


  1. Globalization: its promises and opposition

  2. Anti-globalization activism

  3. MNCs and “race to the bottom”

  4. Case: China’s view toward globalization


  1. Peggy Levitt, "’You Know, Abraham Was Really the First Immigrant’: Religion and Transnational Migration” International Migration Review, 37(3), Transnational Migration: International Perspectives (Fall, 2003): 847-873.

  2. *Cohen, Robin. 1997. Global Diasporas: An Introduction. Seattle: Univ. of Washington Press.


  1. Immigration: a cultural right or economic right?

  2. Freedom of immigration?

  3. QUIZ 2


  1. Sustainable Politics

(Issues of Suitability)


  1. Tim Hayward, 2007. “Human Rights versus Emissions Rights: Climate Justice and the Equitable Distribution of Ecological Space,” Ethics and International Affairs 21.4.

  2. *Tarrow, Sidney G.; Donatella Della Porta, 2005b. Transnational Protest and Global Activism (print)

  3. *Romina Picolotti & Jorge Daniel Taillant eds. Linking Human Rights and the Environment. 2003


*YouTube video: “If the World was a village of 100”


  1. Principal-agent theory

  2. Kyoto Protocol

  3. Environmental rights



  1. Xie, 2011, “China's Environmental Activism in the Age of Globalization,” Asian Politics & Policy 3(2): 207–224.

  2. *Abigail R. Jahiel “The Organization of Environmental Protection in China,” The China Quarterly: 757-787.


  1. Environmental activism in China



  1. Owen Taylor and Mary Martin, 2010. “The Second Generation of Human Security: Lessons from the UN and EU Experiences?” International Affairs, 85(1).

  2. *Owen, Taylor, 2008. The Critique that Doesn’t Bite: A Response to David Chandler’s “Human Security: The Dog that didn’t Bark” Security Dialogue, 39(4), April/June 2008.

  3. *Caprioli, Mary, “Democracy and Human Rights Versus Women’s Security: A Contradiction?” Security Dialogue 2004 35(4): 411-428.

  4. *Emilie Hafner-Burton and Kiyoteri Tsutsui, “Justice Lost!: The Failure of International Human Rights Law to Matter Where it is Needed Most” Journal of Peace Research (2007): 407-25.

  5. *Emilie Hafner-Burton and James Ron, “Seeing Double”


  1. Review: Justice, Equality, Humanity and Rights

  2. Second Generation HS

  3. Feminist view on HS


  1. Group Presentation 1


  1. (6/9-11 Dragon Boat Festival Holidays)


  1. Group Presentation 2


  1. Roundtable Discussion


Final Exam Week



Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

  1. In-class exercises and participation: 10%

  2. In-class quizzes: 30%

  3. Thought papers: 20%

  4. Research paper (group): 20%

  5. Presentation and round table (group): 20%

Textbook & Reference


Mary Kaldor, Human Security. Polity Press (2007)

Guoguang Wu, China's Challenges to Human Security. Routledge (2012) and selected chapters/articles from other sources (available on Moodle).

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