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LAW5863M Human Rights and Disabled People 2

15 creditsClass Size: 20

Module manager: Anna Lawson

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2017/18


LAW5862MHuman Rights and Disabled People 1

Module replaces

International Human Rights and Disabled People (LAW5195M)

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module builds on Disability and Human Rights: Part 1. It explores the ways in which human rights law (both at UN and regional levels) has been, and may be, used to challenge the legal, social and other systems and practices which exclude and disadvantage disabled people (and their families) in particular settings and contexts – eg education, employment, healthcare, civil and criminal justice. Students will be encouraged to reflect critically on the ways in which supra-national human rights laws have been, and could be, harnessed to enhance social justice and reform at the domestic level. Prior legal knowledge is not required – non-law students with an interest in disability politics are encouraged to join us.


At the end of this module, students will be aware of, and have a clear understanding of:
- the relationship between the CRPD and other UN human rights conventions;
- the types of exclusion and marginalisation which disabled people experience in different parts of the world and the potential of the CRPD and other UN human rights treaties to be used to tackle these;
- the potential of regional human rights treaties and systems to be used in efforts to challenge exclusion and marginalisation experienced by disabled people;
- the provisions of the CRPD designed to confer substantive protection from specific types of human rights violation and any disability specific issues relating to such violations;
- debates about the effectiveness of human rights as a means of promoting and underpinning social change; and
- debates about involvement and participation of civil society in human rights and other law and policy processes.

Learning outcomes
Learning outcomes:

The outcomes of this module are to develop in students:
- an understanding of international disability law and policy and the nature of the problems of exclusion and marginalisation it is designed to tackle;
- an understanding of the interrelationship between national, regional and international regimes in the context of disability and the impact of the international regime on national law and policy;
- an ability to critically evaluate the potential role of the law in promoting equality and inclusion; and
- an ability to engage with relevant concepts and debates at an advanced level appropriate to a postgraduate module.


Disabled people and rights to inclusive education;
Disabled people and rights to work and not to be subject to forced labour;
Disabled people and rights to healthcare;
Disabled people, the civil justice system, the criminal justice system and rights to access justice.

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Class tests, exams and assessment14.004.00
Private study hours135.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

10 hours preparation per seminar = 50
55 hours essay
30 hours for oral presentation

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayOne 3,000 word essay80.00
Presentation1 presentation, no more than 10 minutes20.00
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: 31/03/2016


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