The course articulates three levels of Human Rights: law, theories and practice. It aims at providing knowledge and understanding concerning the concept of human rights, the process of internationalization of rights, focusing on the most relevant human rights norms and institutions and on the relations between human rights law and practice. It will also consider moral, legal and political debates on human rights. At the end of the course students should be able to apply the acquired knowledge and understanding in order to take actively part in discussions concerning both normative and empirical aspects of human rights and to form individual judgements. During the course students will be required to read texts, to discuss them and to elaborate personal opinions in order to exercise their learning, critical and communication skills.