Human Rights

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

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 covers both domestic and international human rights systems as well as theoretical critiques of human rights (eg by cultural relativists and feminists). It also looks at contemporary human rights issues and some of the current challenges facing the human rights community.

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.