Joint-honours information for 2016 entry

Human Rights

Module L2124SD

Module details for 2016/17.

30 credits

FHEQ Level 6

Module Outline

This module focuses less on human rights rules and laws than on the assumptions of human rights, the historical context and issues around their operation and implementation. It draws from a new and growing literature on the sociology and anthropology of human rights which seeks to move beyond the assumptions of legal positivism (rights as being `read off¿ from lists of human rights covenants) in order to develop the `legal realist¿ argument which focuses upon the living law of the operation of courts, the police, and the everyday understandings which citizens give to notions such as truth, justice, and morality.

Module learning outcomes

Describe and compare philosophical positions within the historical evolution and contemporary form of human rights.

Summarize key debates in the field (including cultural relativism, indigenous rights, asylum/refugee rights; child rights).

Compare and appraise diverse disciplinary perspectives on human rights (law; anthropology; international relations; human geography).

Identify and assess the contemporary international human rights regime (United Nations; regional institutions; national bodies; international and local advocates).

Apply human rights to broader concerns (migration; health; humanitarianism; post-conflict reconstruction).

Dissertation (5000 words)Semester 2 Assessment Week 1 Thu 16:00100.00%

Submission deadlines may vary for different types of assignment/groups of students.


Coursework components (if listed) total 100% of the overall coursework weighting value.

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Dr Nigel Eltringham


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