International development

Human Rights

Module code: L2124AD
Level 6
30 credits in autumn semester
Teaching method: Seminar, Lecture
Assessment modes: Not yet finalised

This module introduces you to key, interdisciplinary approaches to the philosophical and historical evolution, and contemporary forms and uses, of human rights – beyond a legal positivist approach. The module deliberately sets a slow pace to allow for in-depth engagement with key texts in the study of human rights. Using monographs, podcasts and videos/film, the module’s focus is on the multi-faceted and contingent ways in which human rights are socially enacted (defined, claimed, interpreted, challenged, implemented and monitored), as well as the possibilities and limitations of human rights to realise their utopian potential.