LGBTQI Rights: International and Comparative Perspectives (950M3)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

International and regional human rights frameworks do not explicitly recognise the rights of the LGBTQI community. Despite significant progress being made on these issues in the West, there is still significant opposition to the recognition of LGBTQI rights from the Global South. Nonetheless, human rights advocates have been able to use the pre-existing body of human rights standards and existing constitutional provisions to uphold the rights of these communities albeit unsatisfactorily. In addition to applicable frameworks the module deals with contemporary issues facing the LGBTQI community from both an international and comparative perspective, which might include:

  • marriage and adoption
  • the rights of LGBTQI asylum seekers/refugees
  • anti-gay propaganda
  • the 'clash' between freedom of religion or belief and the rights of LGBTQI communities.


100%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 10 hours of contact time and about 140 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 feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.