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2024/25 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue

LAW5863M Human Rights and Disabled People 2

15 creditsClass Size: 15

Module manager: Dr Amanda Keeling

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan 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.
Students should take LAW5862M in semester 1, unless they already have prior knowledge of the social model of disability and the workings of the UN human rights framework.

Module replaces

International Human Rights and Disabled People (LAW5195M)

This module is not approved as an Elective

Module summary

This module builds on Human Rights and Disabled People 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.


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:
1. Understanding of international disability law and policy and the nature of the problems of exclusion and marginalisation it is designed to tackle;
2. 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;
3. Ability to critically evaluate the potential role of the law in promoting equality and inclusion;
4. Ability to engage with relevant concepts and debates at an advanced level appropriate to a postgraduate module.

Skills learning outcomes
On successful completion of the module students will have demonstrated the following skills learning outcomes:
1. Academic skills, including an ability to find, evaluate and use information related to disability law and policy, and to critically assess different arguments and perspectives on this topic.
2. Digital skills, namely an ability to use digital technology and techniques and navigate different subject databases to advance academic skills (research, presentation, writing). 
3. Systems thinking; this is a socio-contextual module, which understands law as part of a wider social system and considers the political and other influences on its design and implementation. Analysis of rights think carefully about the affects in terms of disability and social justice.
4. Strong communication skills to different audiences, both through seminar tasks, the formative presentation, and summative assessed essay.


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

Teaching methods

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

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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