ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT
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
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.
SYLLABUS, COURSES AND COURSE OUTCOMES
WBSU syllabus for Human Rights BA under the UGC prescribed syllabus template for CBCS
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|
|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.
|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
|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
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:
Speaker: Homprabha Barua, Assistant Professor, Department of Human Rights Vivekananda Thakurpukur
Topic: “Human Rights: The present and Future”
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”
|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|