Human Rights in International Relations (825M9A)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Autumn teaching

This course will examine the process of internationalisation of human rights and the main factors that underpin that process such as the nature of the international order, the relationship between human rights and sovereignty of states, the problematic of intervention and redistribution. The use of human rights as instruments of foreign policy will be contrasted with the involvement of international non-governmental organisations. Both the global and the regional legal frameworks will be examined. Questions of cultural hegemony will be contrasted with those that claim legitimate cultural autonomy.


100%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 33 hours of contact time and about 267 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

This module is running in the academic year 2021/22. We also plan to offer it in future academic years. However, we are constantly looking to improve and enhance our courses. There may be changes to modules in response to student demand or feedback, changes to staff expertise or updates to our curriculum. We may also need to make changes in response to COVID-19. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.