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2023/24 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LAW5861M International Human Rights

30 creditsClass Size: 60

Module manager: Dr Stuart Goosey

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

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

Module replaces

LAW5860M International Human Rights

This module is not 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 hours276.00
Total Contact hours24.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)300.00

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

A formative assessment opportunity will be provided.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Written Work1 x 3,000 word literature review70.00
Written Work1 x 1,500 word assessed workbook30.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

Students must attempt both components of assessment and attain an overall grade of 50% or more to pass the module. Should a student fail one of the components (i.e., attain a grade of 49% or less for it) then they will not be required to re-sit it provided that they have attained a grade of 50% or more when their weighted scores in both components are added together.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 03/11/2023


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