MAN 688 Business & Human Rights

General Information

Lecturer Emma van den Terrell
Examiner Prof. Dr. Laura Marie Edinger-Schons
Course Format Seminar
Credit Points 6 ECTS
Frequency Spring term 2022
Hours per Week 2 (in-class) + 15 (self-study)
Language English
Grading 40% Final paper; 40% Presentation; 20% Participation
Formal Prerequisites none
Recommended Prerequisites General interest in the topic of sustainable business

Course Structure

Topic Date Time
Kick-off meeting (Introductions, course expectations, short introduction lecture) 17th February 2022 13.45 – 15.15
Rights – Human Rights and Company Rights 24th February 2022 13.45 – 15.15
Responsibility and Business – A Classroom Debate: Do Businesses have human rights responsibilities? To what extent and why? 3rd March 2022 13.45 – 15.15
Forced Labor: A Case study and discussion 10th March 2022 13.45 – 15.15
Business and Human Rights in the News (Methods in researching current topics) 24th March 2022 13.45 – 15.15
The Environment and BHR 31st March 2022 13.45 – 15.15
Accounting for Harm -- Impact Measurement Valuation and BHR 7th April 2022 13.45 – 15.15
Case Study: The German Supply Chain Law (Stakeholder role-play) 28th April 2022 13.45 – 15.15
Looking Ahead – Future Challenges and Opportunities in BHR 5th May 2022 13.45 – 15.15

Further Information

  • Brief Description

    What responsibilities do businesses have in regards to human rights and why? From the environmental crisis to forced labor in supply chains, current social and environmental issues are becoming increasingly important for businesses to address openly. This course will introduce participants to the interdisciplinary area of Business and Human Rights. It offers a business ethics approach to current topics such as human rights due diligence laws and the debates surrounding them. Participants will assess how normative arguments regarding business and human rights are structured and then translated into action. Students from all disciplines are welcome to join this discussion-based course.

    Learning outcomes:

    In this course, participants…

    • will develop an understanding of the interdisciplinary theoretical underpinnings of business and human rights
    • will learn to analyze normative arguments related to real business and human rights cases
    • will practice putting forth their own structured arguments
    • will reflect on different stakeholders’ values and perspectives and how these values affect their actions in working to access, protect, respect, and remedy human rights
    • will engage with how concerns of business and human rights intersect with their field of interest in a research paper
    • will critically engage with the challenges and opportunities developing in the field (governance mechanisms, industry initiatives, problems of legitimacy, etc.)
  • Application

    Registration/Application via Portal2 is required.

  • Contact

    If you have any questions regarding this seminar, please don't hesitate to contact sustainablebusiness

Updated: January 2022