Please note that your 2000-word introductory outline should include the following elements:
â€˜To what extend has post-cold war era changed the nature of human rights and democracy particularly in the global southâ€™
1. the title of the dissertation as well as your specific research question(s) and any research hypothesis (if applicable) that you wish to evaluate;
2. The motivation for your research, as well as its potential empirical and analytical contribution to the understanding of real-world issues in Politics & IR.
3. The relevant literature and the theoretical/analytical angle the dissertation adopts.
4. The type and range of the sources or data to be evaluated and the specific methods through which this evaluation is carried out.
5. A full chapter outlines detailing the content and purpose of each chapter.
6. A preliminary bibliography.
â€¢ Clarity and suitability of the proposed title, topic and research question(s).
â€¢ Feasibility and strength of the dissertation research design.
â€¢ Breadth of literature discussed and suitability of the analytical/theoretical angle adopted.
â€¢ Awareness of methodological issues and feasibility of the proposed methodology.
â€¢ Coherence of the dissertation chapter structure.
â€¢ Clarity of writing style.
â€¢ Presentation, including academic conventions.
Sources and readings
Langlois, A. (2003). â€˜Human Rights Without Democracy? A Critique of the Separationist Thesisâ€™, Human Rights Quarterly 25.
Chun, L. (2001). â€˜Human Rights and Democracy: The Case for Decouplingâ€™, International Journal of Human Rights 5(3).
Taylor, C. (1996). â€˜A World Consensus on Human Rights?â€™, Dissent, 43:15-21.
Balfour, I. & Cadava, E. (2004). Special Issue: â€˜And Justice for All? The Claims of Human Rightsâ€™, South Atlantic Quarterly, 103(2/3).
Baxi, U. (2002). The Future of Human Rights. Oxford University Press.
Beetham, D. (1999). Democracy and Human Rights. Polity.
Belden Fields, A. (2003). Rethinking Human Rights for the new Millennium. Palgrave Macmillan.
Bielefeldt, H. (2000). â€˜Western versus Islamic Human Rights Conceptions? A Critique of Cultural Essentialism in the Discussion of Human Rightsâ€™, Political Theory, 28(1):90-121.
Bobbio, N. (1996). The Age of Rights. Polity.
Brysk, A. (2013). Speaking Rights to Power: Constructing Political Will. Oxford University Press.
Cohen, J. (2004). â€˜Minimalism About Human Rights: The Most We Can Hope For?, Journal of Political Philosophy 12(2).
Douzinas, C. (2000).The End of Human Rights. Hart Publishing.
Douzinas, C. (2007). Human Rights and Empire: The Political Philosophy of Cosmopolitanism. Routledge Cavendish.
Dinsmore, G. (2007). â€˜When Less Really Is Less- Whatâ€™s Wrong With Minimalist Approaches to Human Rightsâ€™, Journal of Political Philosophy 15(4).
Evans, T. and Ayers, A. (2006). â€˜In the Service of Power: The Global Political Economy of Citizenship and Human Rightsâ€™, Citizenship Studies 10(3):289-308.
Frost, R. (2013). â€˜The Justification of Human Rights and the Basic Right to Justification: A Reflective Approachâ€™. In Rainer Frost, Justification and Critique: Towards a Critical Theory of Politics. Polity.
Goodhart, M. (2005). Democracy as Human Rights. Routledge.
Gould, C. (2004). Globalising Democracy and Human Rights. Cambridge University Press.
Haas, M. (2013). International Human Rights. A Comprehensive Introduction. Routledge.
Ivison, D. (2010). â€˜Republican Human Rights?â€™, European Journal of Political Theory 9(1):31-47.
Morris, L. (2012). â€˜Citizenship and Human Rights: Ideals and Actualitiesâ€™, British Journal of Sociology, 63(1):39-46.
Rorty, R. (1993). â€˜Human Rights, Rationality and Sentimentalityâ€™ . In S. Shute & S. Hurley (eds), On Human Rights: The Oxford Amnesty Lectures 1993. Basic Books.
Tambakaki, P. (2010). Human Rights, Or Citizenship?, Birkbeck University Press.
Tunstall, K.E. (ed.). (2012). Self Evident Truths? Human Rights and the Enlightenment (The Oxford Amnesty Lectures). Bloomsbury.
Democratic politics today
Crouch, C. (2004). â€˜Why Postdemocracy?â€™. In C. Crouch, Postdemocracy, Polity Press.
Urbinati, N. (2014) â€˜Unpolitical Democracyâ€™. In N. Urbinati, Democracy Disfigured: Opinion, Truth and the People. Harvard University Press.
Agamben, G. (ed.) (2009). Democracy in What State?. Columbia University Press.
Boltanski, L. and Chiapello, E. (2007). The New Spirit of Capitalism. Verso.
Honig, B. (2009). â€˜Survivingâ€™. In B. Honing, Emergency Politics: Paradox, Law, Democracy. Princeton University Press.
Crouch, C. (2011). The Strange Non Death of Neo-Liberalism. Polity Press.
Douzinas, C. (2013). Philosophy and Resistance in Crisis: Greece and the Future of Europe. Polity.
Hassner, P. (2012). â€˜Politics in Crisis?â€™ Journal of Democracy 23(4).
Hay, C. (2007). Why We Hate Politics. Polity Press.
Motha, S. (2012). â€˜The Debt Crisis as Crisis of Democracyâ€™, Law, Culture and the Humanities 8(3).
Ranciere, J. (2006). Hatred of Democracy, Verso.
Rosanvallon, P. (2008). Counter Democracy: Politics In An Age of Distrust. Cambridge University Press.
Stavrakakis, Y. (2007). â€˜Democracy in Post-Democratic Timesâ€™. In The Lacanian Left, Edinburgh University Press.
Torcal, M. & Montero, J.R. (2012). Political Disaffection in Contemporary Democracies: Social Capital, Institutions and Politics. Routledge.
Urbinati, N. (2014). Democracy Disfigured: Opinion, Truth and the People. Harvard University Press.
Wolin, S. (2008). Democracy Incorporated: Managed Democracy and the Spectre of Inverted Totalitarianism. Princeton University Press.
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