Political Science (POLI) 450

Globalization and Human Rights (Revision 1)

Political Science (POLI) 450

Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: Students are strongly advised to have taken a senior university course in any of political science, political economy, sociology, communications, economics or cultural theory

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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POLI 450 has a Challenge for Credit option.

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Political Science 450, Globalization and Human Rights, explores the relationship between the two themes. In recent years, courses on globalization and human rights have become standard offerings at many universities. However, they are usually taught as separate courses and do not consider the relationship between the two. This course explores how globalization and human rights are interrelated. It does not assume you are well versed in either but, rather, introduces each topic separately early in the beginning of the course and then joins them later in the course, examining their interdependence.



  • Unit 1: Human Rights, Origins, and Controversies
  • Unit 2: What is Globalization?
  • Unit 3: How are Human Rights and Globalization Interrelated?
  • Unit 4: Globalization, Human Rights, and Social Justice
  • Unit 5: Globalization and Social and Cultural Rights
  • Unit 6: Protecting and Promoting Human Rights—The State, the United Nations, and Civil Society
  • Unit 7: Transnational Advocacy, Globalization, and Human Rights—Two Case Studies
  • Unit 8: Corporate Social Responsibility—Can Corporations Promote Human Rights?


To receive credit for POLI 450,you must successfully complete three assignments and a final examination, and achieve a final grade of at least D (50 percent)

Activity Due Date Weighting
Assignment 1: Critical Assessment Essay Upon completion of Unit 3 15%
Assignment 2: Research Essay Proposal Upon completion of Unit 5 15%
Assignment 3: Research Essay Upon completion of Unit 8 35%
Final Examination Upon completion of Unit 8 35%

The final examination for this course must be taken online with an AU-approved exam invigilator at an approved invigilation centre. It is your responsibility to ensure your chosen invigilation centre can accommodate online exams. For a list of invigilators who can accommodate online exams, visit the Exam Invigilation Network.

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Ellwood, W. (2011). The no-nonsense guide to globalization. Oxford: New Internationalist.

Fischlin, D, & M. Nandorfy. (2007).The concise guide to global human rights. Montreal, QC: Black Rose Books.

Hertel, S. (2006). Unexpected power: Conflict and change among transnational activists. Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press.

Other Materials

All other materials for POLI 450 may be accessed on-line.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university-level course.

Full information about Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

To receive credit for the POLI 450 challenge registration, you must complete all required components, and achieve an overall grade of at least D (50 percent).

The Challenge option comprises a 100% final examination. To receive credit for the POLI 450 Challenge option, you must receive a grade of D or greater (i.e. 50% or greater) on the examination.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 1, December 3, 2013.