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LAW5861M International Human Rights

30 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: DrStuart Wallace

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 View Timetable

Year running 2019/20

Module replaces

LAW5860M International Human Rights

This module is approved as an Elective

Module summary

The module introduces students to the idea of the international human rights and the mechanisms created by the United Nations to protect human rights. It considers the structure of the international human rights system by examining existing standards and their implementation. The module further examines emerging issues and focuses on particular groups.


The core aims of this module are that students:
- understand the foundations of the international human rights system;
- introduce students to international human rights, including their history, approach and evolution;
- understand to role of the various actors involved in the implementation of human rights;
- understand the challenges faced by the international human rights system and actively engage in critical debates on emerging issues relating to international human rights.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students should be able to:
- demonstrate an awareness of the international human rights system as a legal system distinct from national legal systems;
- demonstrate knowledge in depth of substantive areas of international human rights law studied within the module;
- critically evaluate international norms, principles and disputes;
- synthesise relevant primary and secondary sources, bringing together materials from a variety of sources and make critical judgements on the merits of particular arguments and propose a reasoned choice between alternative solutions;
- make written presentations in this field of study which are coherent, cogent and logically structured with evidence of appropriate research skills (including referencing).


History of the international human rights system and theories of human rights
Sources of international human rights law (international and regional)
Selected human rights (including ones which are civil and political in nature and ones which are economic social and cultural);
Human rights monitoring mechanisms (international and regional);
Human rights advocacy.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours274.00
Total Contact hours26.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Private study

10 hours preparation per seminar = 100
80 hours 3,000 word essay
94 hours 4,000 word essay

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Informal monitoring in class (Formative)
Feedback on essay 1 (Formative)

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Essay1 x 4,000 word essay60.00
Essay1 x 3,000 word essay40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 29/07/2019


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