2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
LAW5861M International Human Rights
30 creditsClass Size: 50
Module manager: Dr Stuart Wallace
Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2021/22
Pre-requisite qualificationsThis is a Law module, therefore some background knowledge in law would be of an advantage.
Module replacesLAW5860M International Human Rights
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryThe 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.
ObjectivesThe 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.
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.
Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information
|Private study hours||300.00|
|Total Contact hours||0.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||300.00|
Private studyThe School is committed to providing an excellent student education and experience. This will involve a variety of teaching methods and follow a blended learning model, including meaningful on-campus in-person teaching for all students. Further information regarding teaching delivery will follow.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackInformal monitoring in class (Formative)
Feedback on essay 1 (Formative)
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Written Work||1 x 3,000 word literature review||70.00|
|Written Work||1 x 1,500 word assessed workbook||30.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||100.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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