The 1993 Vienna World Conference on Human Rights declared that democracy, development and respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms are interdependent and mutually reinforcing. The course will critically examine the relationship between democracy, development and human rights. It will examine overlaps and tensions, both in the formal articulation of the concepts and in the manner in which they have been applied. The course will ask students to reflect on several examples that highlight the way in which the three concepts work together or otherwise. One such example is the building of large dams and water distribution systems.