Human Rights 1: International and Regional Frameworks (M5057)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

Today almost everyone around the globe is acquainted with the idea of human rights. We often hear about 'human rights', especially in the media. Human rights have become so much part of the contemporary political discourse that we generally take it for granted that we know what the concept covers. This module explores how rights are protected within different human rights systems at regional and international levels. Contemporary human rights issues and current challenges facing the human rights community will be considered focusing on the interpretation of rights, the effectiveness of mechanisms and whether rights are really universal.


20%: Lecture
80%: Seminar


100%: Written assessment (Essay)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 20 hours of contact time and about 130 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: