International Business and Human Rights (917M3)

30 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

The module has taken on cutting-edge issues in the field of business and human rights, which are of central importance in an era of increasing globalization.You'll look at the intersection of transnational business operations and efforts to promote international human rights.

The module reviews the international debate on corporate responsibility to respect human rights, and traces the emergence, within the UN, of the "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Framework. Cases and mechanisms are examined through which corporations might be held accountable for their impact on human rights.

Key issues to be explored include how multinationals, governments and other stakeholders have sought to address these controversial issues.

This module looks at both theory and practice, and you have the opportunity to initiate debate about leading cases that demonstrate the complexities found at the intersection of business and human rights.


100%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 22 hours of contact time and about 278 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 2024/25. 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.