Human Rights

Module code: M3057
Level 6
30 credits in autumn & spring teaching
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay, Unseen examination

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.

Module learning outcomes

  • Systematic understanding of major human rights critiques;
  • Coherent and detailed knowledge of major human rights institutions and frameworks;
  • Ability to construct and substain arguments;
  • Ability to deploy established academic technquies in working independently on an area of his/her choice involving a human rights issue.