Module and Programme Catalogue

Search site

Find information on

2022/23 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LAW5863M Human Rights and Disabled People 2

15 creditsClass Size: 30

Module manager: Dr Amanda Keeling

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2022/23

Pre-requisite qualifications

This is a Law module, therefore some background knowledge in law would be of an advantage.

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 – e.g. 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
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;
- 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

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours135.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Methods of assessment

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: 03/05/2022


Browse Other Catalogues

Errors, omissions, failed links etc should be notified to the Catalogue Team.PROD

© Copyright Leeds 2019