substantive equality remains elusive ” agree H u m a n i t i e s

substantive equality remains elusive ” agree H u m a n i t i e s

Answer ONE question in each section in up to 800 words EACH (excluding references). You will write a total of THREE mini-essays. References should be cited chicago style.

Be sure to: answer all components of the question, make an argument, support your argument with
examples and refer to course readings. Take care to limit overlap between your answers.

Answer one of the following (/5):
1. When does the history of human rights in Canada begin? Make a case for a specific year
and defend it with examples and references.
2.Compare how the Royal Proclamation of 1763 and the Indian Act depict relations between
Indigenous peoples and the Crown/Canadian Federal Government. What similarities and
differences do you see?

Answer one of the following (/5):
3. “The War Measures Act has been primarily used to violate rather than protect human rights.”
Agree or Disagree with this statement using specific examples from at least 2 specific
4. Compare and contrast the rights provisions in the British North America Act (original
Constitution minus the Charter), the Charter, and the failed Charlottetown Accord.
5. The idea of “deserving and undeserving poor” has been influential in the development and
evolution of social assistance programs in Canada. Provide a brief overview of the history
and legacy of this idea. Is this idea compatible with a human rights-based approach?
Why or why not?

Answer one of the following (/5):
6. “Legal equality has been largely achieved but substantive equality remains elusive”
Agree or disagree with reference to at least two of the following populations: women,
LGBTQI2 people, people with disabilities. Be sure to trace historical change and give
examples to support your argument.

7. “Social change is more significant than scientific change with respect to evolving ways of thinking about human rights.” Discuss the strengths, weaknesses and controversies of this statement with specific reference to at least two of the following issues: forced sterilization, medically assisted death, assisted reproduction (including IVF and surrogacy). Be sure to include key historical events and legal changes.

8. “Environmental Rights fundamentally challenge how human rights are currently understood
and protected.” Agree or disagree, supporting your argument with concrete examples..

Strong answers will include:
clear writing
an explicit argument
specific examples and evidence to support the argument
reference to numerous authors from the course readings

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