Law, Religion, and Human Rights (841M3)

15 credits, Level 7 (Masters)

Spring teaching

The role of religion in society and its interaction with human rights law is increasingly under the spotlight – in part, as a result of the challenges posed by globalisation and immigration.

The right to religious freedom of minorities is interfered with by religious and secular states, alike. However, religion frequently serves as a pretext for human rights violations, particularly in relation to freedom of expression, women’s rights and minority rights (including LGBTQI).

This module explores the relationship between law, human rights, and religion in their societal and political context, with an emphasis on theoretical perspectives and substantive law (at an international, regional and national level).


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 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.