|Delivery Type||Delivery length / details|
|Lecture||16 Hours. Two one hour lectures per week|
|Seminars / Tutorials||3 Hours. Three one hour seminars|
|Assessment Type||Assessment length / details||Proportion|
|Semester Exam||1.5 Hours Exam Candidates are not permitted to bring any books, notes or any other materials into the examination.||100%|
|Supplementary Exam||1.5 Hours Exam Candidates are not permitted to bring any books, notes or any other materials into the examination.||100%|
By the end of this module students should be able to:
Achieve an in depth knowledge of the major theoretical discussions of rights.
Analyse and critique the differences between and points of convergence of human rights theories.
Analyse and evaluate strengths and weaknesses in the existing theories and in particular analyse their limits and their ability to encompass the 'difficult cases' thrown up in human rights practice.
Explain and analyse the national and international institutions and the ways in which they operate and interact.
Explain and analyse the remedies available from the various institutions.
Identify problems in the structure of human rights provisions and suggest possible solutions.
In addition to these intellectual skills, students will be able to demonstrate:
Enhanced capacity for independent and critical thought.
Good time-management skills in preparing for seminars and submitting work on time.
The ability to carry out independent research for which credit will be given in the assessments
Locating and using relevant hard-copy and electronic sources seminars will require preparation using material from websites.
Awareness of and ability to analyse theoretical materials.
Ability to work in groups.
The module would concentrate on detailed discussion of these rights theories, their ideological position and the theoretical difficulties at the fringes of rights, discussing indigenous minorities and groups. Having set these boundaries it then explores the national and international institutions set up for their protection and the types of remedy which rights might provide to various types of legal applicants.
The course aims to develop transferable skills such as research, analysis and critical evaluation which are valuable in many professional contexts. It will require a high level of independent research activity and time management. It will require an ability to use, evaluate and critically analyse theoretical texts and the mechanisms by which domestic and international law protect rights and achieve a balance between these and state power.
Rights Theories and Definitions
Parameters of Rights Minorities and Groups
Group Rights and Discrimination
Rights and Constitutional Safeguards
Institutions and Remedies Both National and International
This module will be taught through lectures and seminars. Some of the lectures will involve discussion with the students of particularly complex aspects of the course. Having said this, the lectures basically provide the framework for a greater understanding of the subject and will encourage a critical response. The seminars will permit more detailed discussion and analysis of particular aspects of the course, some of which may not be covered in detail in the lectures. Preparation for both the seminars and written work will require independent research on the part of students.
Please note that, due to the nature and structure of this course, it is difficult to provide a single textbook that covers the two parts of the module. The suggestion is that a general textbook can be recommended (Rhona Smith, see full reference on Reading List below), but it is not mandatory. Several sources will be indicated and students should be able to search, find and use them.
The Reading List is a very basic list of materials that can help you to prepare for the module. More detailed or specific references might be provided for specific lectures and for seminars.
Reading ListRecommended Text
Smith, Rhona KM (2010) Texts and Materials on International Human Rights 2nd ed. Routledge Primo search Steiner H., Alston P. & Goodman R. (2007) International Human Rights in Context A very good book for those who are interested in further studies in this subject. 3rd ed. Oxford University Press Primo search Supplementary Text
Donnelly, J (2003) Universal Human Rights in Theory and Practice 2nd ed. Cornell University Press Primo search Douzinas, C (2000) The End of Human Rights Hart Publishing Primo search Forsythe, DP (2006) Human Rights in International Relations 2nd ed. Cambridge University Press Primo search Gearty, CA (2006) Can Human Rights Survive? Cambridge University Press Primo search Mahoney, J (2007) The Challenge of Human Rights Blackwell Primo search Tomuschat, C (2008) Human Rights, Between Idealism and Realism 2nd ed. Oxford University Press Primo search
This module is at CQFW Level 6