Department of Human Rights

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  • Syllabus and Course Outcome
  • Faculty Profile
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  • Extension Activities
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Initiation and Brief Overview

Human Rights as a subject was introduced at the undergraduate level in Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Vivekananda Vidyabhavan from 2006. Human Rights as an area of study is diverse and covers myriad topics such as tracing the historical development of Human Rights dating back centuries, United Nations and Human Rights, International Humanitarian Law and relevant issues as Women rights issues, Child rights issues, rights of Disabled Persons, Dalit rights, rights of Indigenous Peoples, rights of Refugees, rights of Migrant Workers, consumer rights and so on. Students of the Department participate in field visits, open book tests, group discussions, assignments and PowerPoint presentations. At present, the Human Rights Department has a two-member faculty with two SACT teachers.

Vision and outlook

  • To spread the value education of equality as well as equity, International Co- operation, on-Violent Co-existence, Love, peace, Justice and Fostering of Human rights for all.
  • To uphold and foster UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS OF UNITED NATIONS and the equivalent right guaranteed by Indian Constitution.
  • To spread awareness about pollution and population problems and their solutions.
  • To provide legal aid and advice for the weaker needy people of the society and to raise a vice for equitable distribution of world’s wealth and resources.
  • To oppose violation of Human Rights by Violence of Political groups or terrorists.
  • To spread awareness about the interplay of Human rights and power structures in shaping an individual’s life in all its spheres. This relationship between human rights and democracy, peace development and International relations is crucial element for implementing those rights.
  • To bring about sense of unity among people.

Methods of teaching

Apart from classroom lectures or the chalk and talk method, the Department uses ICT based classes such as PowerPoint presentations, to stimulate learning interests. The Department also organizes several educational tours and activities each year for practical works to enhance the literary and cultural exposure of its students. Regular assessments through written classwork and class-tests ensure that the students are well prepared for their final end-semester examinations.


The Department has its own sitting room for the teachers and a Departmental library for both the teachers and the students.





WBSU syllabus for Human Rights BA under the UGC prescribed syllabus template for CBCS


Courses offered 


Generic Elective

Skill Enhancement 

Course Outcome: 

The main objective of this course is to make awareness among the students regarding different aspects of Human Rights. At the initial stages they are informed regarding the historical & philosophical background of human rights, along with that different aspects of meaning & concept are also provided. Students gain knowledge regarding United Nation, UDHR, ICCPR, ICESCR and different social movements, such as Tribal movement, Dalit movements, women movement, &different ecological movement are also included in this course. Students can able to understand the importance of internalizing Human Rights and Duties especially about the urgent needs of the society. There are various concepts regarding the theories of Human Rights where different philosophers like John Locke, Jeremy Bentham, J.S.Mill, and Mary Wollstonecraft have depicted the classical, natural, moral theories through rights. There are various Indian concepts like “Rajneeti, Dandaneeti, Lokneeti, Nyaya, Dharma” where they can relate about the term “Democracy, Indian Penal Code and Justice”. There are various perspectives regarding feminist and religious through which they gain knowledge of various aspects. During this course student also get concepts regarding different conventions which are associated with the development of human rights, such as ICERD, CEDAW, CRC, CAT CRPD etc. Students are also encouraged to know regarding different important international conferences of Human Rights,  such as -Tehran conference  (1968),Vienna conference  (1993),Beijing Conference  (1995) etc. They also understand about the Separation of Powers (Legislative, Judiciary and Executive) and Law enforcing agencies. Apart from theory classes, practical classes are also conducted, where students are encouraged to do different practical takes, such as-documentation, case study, power point presentation etc.

Course Specific Outcome:

Semester GE and DSE Units Outcomes
Semester 1 Hurhgec01t/


Introduction To Human Rights Theory: To Gain Knowledge Regarding Conceptual Background Of Human Rights And Duties, Importance Of Internalizing Human Rights And Duties, Right To Peace.

Practical: Project Report

Semester 2 Hurhgec02t/Hurgcor02t Constitution Vision Of Justice Theory: To Enhance The Knowledge Of Philosophical And Ideals Of The Constitution And Landmark ,Fundamental Rights, DPSP, Fundamental Duties, Articles, Judgements, Parliament, Supreme Court, High Court, Law Enforcing Agencies, CAPF, ITBP, BSF, CBI,ITD ,DRI, NCB, Military

Practical: Case Study

Semester 3 Hurhgec03t/Hurgcor03t International Human Rights Mechanism And Instruments Theory: To Study About United Nation System And Human Rights, CEDAW, DEDAW, DEVAW, CRC, And CAT.
Practical: Documentation
Semester 4 Hurhgec04t/Hurgcor04t Human Rights Movement Theory: To Study International Human Rights Movement And Social Stratification, Amnesty International, PUCL, PUDR
Practical: PowerPoint Presentation On Various Cases
Semester 5 Hurhgec05t/Hurgcor05t Conferences And Development/Regional Human Rights Regime And Democracy Theory: To Understand About The Various Important International Conferences And International Humanitarian Laws, Geneva Convention, Additional Protocol
Practical: Documentations
Semseter 6 Hurhgec06t/Hurgcor06t Research Methodology /Growth Models And Human Rights Theory: To Gain Knowlwdge Regarding The Concept Of Social Research, Methodology, Data Collection, Intellectual Property Rights, TRIPS, TRIMS, GATS, AOA.
Practical: Chart Presentation And Viva.
Semester Skill Enhancement Course(SEC) Units Outcomes
Semester 3 Hurssec01m Introduction And Theories Of Human Rights Theory: To Study About All The Theories Of Natural, Legal, And Utilitarian.
Practical: Project On Various Theories
Semester 4 Hurssec02m United Nation Systems Theory: To Understand About The Peace And Security Through United Nations System With Its Specialised OrgansPractical: Documentations
Semester 5 Hurssec03m Indian Constitution And Human Rights Theory: To Know About The Constitution Of India, Supreme Court, High Court, And Parliament.Practical: Project On Various Cases Through Landmark Judgements
Semester 6 Hurssec04m Conferences And Globalizations Theory: To Study About All The Sustainable Developments. Globalizations ,Conferences
Practical: Documentations


Extension Lectures and Seminars

Serial No Date Name and Designation of Visiting Lecturer Topic
1 23rd March 2019 Dr. Payal Rai Chowdhury, (Head of the Department) Human Rights Department Rabindra Bharati University National and State Human Rights Commission
2 12th March 2019 Homprabha Barua Assistant Professor Department of Human Rights Vivekananda Thakurpukur Changes of Women’s role in society
3 20th February 2020 Homprabha Barua Assistant Professor Department of Human Rights Vivekananda Thakurpukur Women’s Movement
4 11th February 2020 Dr. Anupama Ghoshal Coordinator and Senior Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Relation West Bengal National University of Judicial Science,Ambedkar Bhavan ,Salt Lake city ,Kolkata. Fundamental Rights
5 15th January 2021 Dr. Soma Nandi Associate Professor Department of Education East Calcutta Girls’ College
West Bengal State University
“Right to Education as a Fundamental Rights: With special emphasis on Articles 14,15,17,21A,28,30,45,46,350
6 27th January 2021 Dr. Swatilekha Bhattacharya Assistant Professor Department of Political Science Vidyasagar University Midnapore – 721102 “United Nations and its Principal Organs”

Any other activities / programmes carried out in the Department: 

  1. 15th Day of March ,2019 Training Programme on Human Rights organized on behest of the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Rabindra Bharati University.
  2. 18TH October 2020 One Day State Level Webinar Organized by the Department of Human Rights in collaboration with IQAC, Ramakrishna Sarada Mission Vivekananda Vidyabhavan

Speaker: Homprabha Barua, Assistant Professor, Department of Human Rights Vivekananda Thakurpukur
: “Human Rights: The present and Future”

  1. 5th October 2021 Human Rights Department in collaboration with GRC

Speaker: Dr. Debdatta Chowdhury, Assistant Professor in Gender Studies Centre for Studies in Social Science Calcutta, Kolkata
Topic: “Of Consensus, Contentions and Continuities: Female Legal Jurisprudence in India”

University Results

Year Appeared Passed 1st Class University Ranks
2017 Payel Dutta Passed 1st Class NA
2018 Sangeeta Bhattacharya Passed 1st Class NA
2019 Aheli Chatterjee Passed 1st Class NA