Sociology and Criminology

Human Rights, Security and Decoloniality

Module code: L4092B
Level 6
30 credits in spring semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Coursework

Human rights, development and security are essential to current international social and political concerns and are becoming ever more interlinked. This module sets out to consider from a critical perspective recent intellectual developments in the field with a view to answering contemporary social and political questions through analytically rigorous and empirically grounded approaches. The module is comprised of three core sections: development, human rights and security, each of which cover pressing current affairs informed by classical and contemporary theory. It will take you through the evolution of development theory starting with the classical approaches and ending with intellectual challenges from post-development theory and feminism. It will then move onto an equally critical analysis of the intellectual evolution of human rights and its contemporary application before exploring the topical themes of securitisation, terrorism and transnational Islam in the post-9/11 period.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate a detailed knowledge and understanding of diverse sociological and other perspectives for understanding development, human rights and security
  • Demonstrate an in-depth awareness of the implications of development, human rights and security for sociological analysis
  • Assimilate and evaluate evidence from national and international affairs which are relevant to theories of development, human rights and security
  • Develop the skills necessary for a critical analysis of debates relating to development, human rights and security
  • Make appropriate use of empirical data and theoretical work to produce coherent and detailed written work for an academic audience