Human Rights 1: International and Regional Frameworks

Module code: M5057
Level 6
15 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Lecture, Seminar
Assessment modes: Essay

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.

Module learning outcomes

  • Evidence a coherent and detailed knowledge of major human rights institutions and frameworks.
  • Systematically understand the protection of rights within these institutions and frameworks and the implications of this for the universality of rights.
  • Critically evaluate and engage with contemporary challenges and debates within the field of human rights law.
  • Demonstrate the ability to construct and sustain arguments