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2024/25 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 2024/25

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 successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following learning outcomes relevant to the subject:
1. demonstrate an awareness of the international human rights system as a legal system distinct from national legal systems;-
2. demonstrate knowledge in depth of substantive areas of international human rights law studied within the module;-
3. critically evaluate international norms, principles and disputes.

Skills learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
1. Critical thinking, demonstrating openness to alternative ideas and have the ability to interrogate sources
2. develop academic skills to enable you to source, understand and apply your discipline
3. Be able to evaluate and analyse a range of information to put forward coherent and evidence based arguments
4. Be able to make effective use of digital tools to develop your academic, personal and professional skills
5. Be confident communicating persuasively to a diverse range of audiences


Details of the syllabus will be provided on the Minerva organisation (or equivalent) for the module

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 formal formative assessment opportunity will be provided, which is specifically pedagogically aligned to the summative assessment task. As part of this, each student will receive individual feedback designed to support the development of knowledge and skills that will be later assessed in the summative assessment.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
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: 04/04/2024


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