Human Rights (L2124ALA)

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

This module introduces you to key interdisciplinary approaches to the philosophical and historical evolution of human rights, as well as contemporary forms and uses, beyond a legal positivist approach.

You’ll have the opportunity for in-depth engagement with key texts in the study of human rights. Using monographs, podcasts and videos/film, you’ll focus on the multi-faceted and contingent ways in which human rights are socially enacted, including:

  • defined
  • claimed
  • interpreted
  • challenged
  • implemented
  • monitored.

You’ll also explore the possibilities and limitations of human rights to realise their utopian potential.

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 36 hours of contact time and about 264 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.


This module is offered on the following courses: