FOUNDATION: Unit II. What Are Human Rights and Where Do They Come From? 15 of 15

Now What Do You Think?

Now that you’ve completed this unit, how would you answer these questions?

  • Which current rights are the least protected in different countries? Why?
  • How/why were “rights” during the Enlightenment limited in application? (gender, race, age, etc.)
  • Are we sure that rights are “given by God” v. “human inventions” that are then “sanctified”?

Click to download Adobe Reader for
opening Lesson Plan PDF files.

What Are
Human Rights?
The History
of Ideas
Documents and Human Rights
Order v. Freedom: The Patriot Act and the Enabling Act World War II:
A Legacy of
Human Rights
French Revolution

US Bill of Rights
and the UDHR
Building a Constitution Natural Rights Political Upheaval and the Security of Human Rights

Magna Carta from The British Library
English Petition of Right
English Bill of Rights
Declaration of Independence
Declaration of Independence (pdf)
US Constitution
US Bill of Rights
US Bill of Rights (pdf)
US Constitutional Amendments 11 - 27
Voltaire (Francois Marie Arouet)
Voltaire’s Philosophical Dictionary
Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Rousseau's The Social Contract
John Locke
Oath of the Tennis Court
Locke's The Second Treatise of Civil Government
John Locke: Chapter 2. The State of Nature (pdf)
Great Voyages, The History of Western Philosophy
Thomas Hobbes
Hobbes' Moral and Political Philosophy
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Universal Declaration of Human Rights (pdf)
Declaration of the Rights of Man and the Citizen
French Constitution of 1791
    (UN project: humanitarian news & analysis)
A More Perfect Union: Shaping American Government
    Choices for the 21st Century Education Program,
    Watson Institute for International Studies
    at Brown University (pdf file)

  Unit III. Human Rights in
International Law