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.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.