Human Rights (M3057)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn and spring teaching

Human rights has become part of the contemporary political discourse, so much so that we generally take for granted that we know what the concept covers.

Today almost everyone around the globe is acquainted with the idea of human rights. We often hear about 'human rights', especially in the media.

This module questions what we mean by human rights. It does so by introducing international human rights law in a critical manner and comparing various systems of human rights protection.

The module combines theoretical critiques with case assessments, and you are strongly encouraged to follow current issues by reading a number of human rights blogs.


21%: Lecture
79%: Seminar


60%: Examination (Unseen examination)
40%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is 306 hours of work. This breaks down into 48 hours of contact time and 258 hours of independent study.

This module is running in the academic year 2017/18. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. It may become unavailable due to staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of such changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


This module is offered on the following courses: