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Understanding Human Rights

Understanding Human Rights
An Exercise Book

First Edition

July 2006 | 288 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Human rights in the social work environment are either theortetical or general concepts that require application to the specifics of practical settings.

Understanding Human Rights is written with these practitioners in mind, avoiding lengthy, academic discussions, it provides exercises that easily translate human rights concepts into everyday practice.

Why Human Rights and Social Work?

Human Rights and Law

Purpose of This Book

Outline of Book

Teaching Human Rights and Social Work

Ch. 1: What Are Human Rights?
Definition of Human Rights

Three Sets of Human Rights

Human Rights Terms

Enforcement of Human Rights


Ch. 2: Beginnings of Human Rights
Evolution of the Human Rights Framework

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Social Workers and Development of Human Rights


Ch. 3: Building the Foundation: Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Opening Statement

Summary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights


Taking the Human Rights Temperature of Your Community

Ch. 4: Beyond the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights



Ch. 5: Human Rights and Vulnerable Groups
What is a Vulnerable Group?

Women as a Vulnerable Group

Children as a Vulnerable Group

Victims of Racism as a Vulnerable Group

Persons With Disabilities as a Vulnerable Group

Persons With HIV-AIDS as a Vulnerable Group

Older Persons as a Vulnerable Group

Gays and Lesbians as a Vulnerable Group



Ch. 6: Cultural Relativism
Guidelines for Analyzing Cultural Relativism

Cultural Relativism - This Era's Facism?


Ch. 7: Human Rights and Ethics
NASW Code of Ethics

IFSW and Ethics

Human Rights and Ethics


Ch. 8: Social Work Practice and Human Rights
Preliminary Foundation for Applying Human Rights


Ch. 9: The International Side of Human Rights and Social Work
International Human Rights Issues



"In Understanding Human Rights: An Exercise Book, Elisabeth Reichert has written a basic introduction to human rights specifically for social workers and faculty who teach in this field. The book is clearly written and has a very practical orientation towards the subject of human rights that will engage many readers."

Debrah L. DeLaet
Drake University

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Chapter 3

Chapter 5

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ISBN: 9781412914116