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The new study guide (incl. teaching schedules) for academic year 2018-2019 can be found at https://studyguide.utu.fi. This site contains only previous years' guides.

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Archived Curricula Guide 2013–2014
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TLS_1023 Advanced Workshop in Legal Theory I: A Comparative Approach to Human Rights 2–4 ECTS
Organised by
Turku Law School
Person in charge
Responsible teacher: Ph.D., Associate professor Juha-Pekka Rentto, jurentto(at)utu.fi, office hours on agreement during the teaching period.
Preceding studies
Students are recommended to have previous studies in legal theory or philosophy of law or philosophy.

Learning outcomes

The aim of the workshop is to examine and compare Western and non-Western ideological approaches to the theory and practice of human rights. Particular attention will be paid to the widely different cultural and philosophical backgrounds against which the concept and
function of human rights are evaluated in different parts of the world. Students of human rights will be offered a critical view which transcends the positive normative level of international agreements and proclamations.


During the first 8 hours of the workshop the required reading (see "literature" below) will be discussed. Then all students will be assigned topics on which they are to prepare oral presentations, individually or in groups, to be given during the remaining 8 hours of the workshop (in October). Those who wish to take 4 credits (see
"credits" below), shall finally (in December) write a 6 to 10 page essay on a topic related to the subject matter of the workshop.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Independent work

Seminar (16 hours), discussion, oral presentation, essay

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
Oral exam
  • In English
  • In English
Participation in classroom work and Oral presentation and Essay

Each participant can choose to take the
workshop as a 2 or a 4 credit course. For two credits, active participation in the discussion on the required reading, and oral presentation (see "content" above) are required. For four credits, a written paper of 6 to 10 typed pages is added to those requirements.

Evaluation and evaluation criteria

Numeric 0-5.
Essay, oral presentation, and active participation in discussion

Study materials

Required reading will be assigned at the opening session of the workshop.

Further information

TIME: Sept 25 – Dec 20 2013

PARTICIPATION: Limited to 10 students

1/3 of the places is reserved for the degree students of the Faculty of Law. For the remaining places, the following criteria will be used to select the participants:

1. exchange students of the TLS cooperative institutions
2. degree students of the TLS cooperative institutions
3. other law students
4. non-law students

Please see general instructions: Registration for optional study modules.

Registration for the course begins in NettiOpsu on 26 August 2013 at 8 AM and ends on 18 September 2013 at 3 PM.

Belongs to following study modules

Faculty of Law
Faculty of Law
Archived Teaching Schedule. Please refer to current Teaching Shedule.
Faculty of Law
Finnish Study Modules
Master of Laws DP
Law, Studies for Bachelor/Master of Laws Degree