Module Information

Module Identifier
LA30620
Module Title
Human Rights - Substantive Protection
Academic Year
2017/2018
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 1
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 10 x 2 Hour Lectures
Seminar 3 x 2 Hour Seminars
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Essay  1500 words (required in Week 11)  33%
Semester Exam 1.5 Hours   Exam  This exam is Open Book. Candidates may bring any materials (notes and books) into the examination, with the exception of any library books and electronic devices.  67%
Supplementary Assessment Essay  1500 words - if essay element failed  33%
Supplementary Exam 1.5 Hours   Exam  - if failed exam element. This exam is Open Book. Candidates may bring any materials (notes and books) into the examination, with the exception of any library books and electronic devices.  67%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:


Demonstrate an in depth knowledge of the substantive protections in the area of human rights both within the UK and in the international arena.
Critically analyse the differences between, and points of convergence of, human rights and humanitarian law.
Analyse and evaluate strengths and weaknesses in the existing legal provision and enforcement in the area of rights, both nationally and internationally.
Explain and analyse the interaction between national and international provision.
Explain and analyse the interaction between human rights and government policy and the shaping of new laws.
Identify problems in the provision of human rights and suggest possible solutions.
Demonstrate both knowledge of and a real understanding of both national and international materials by proving able to critique and analyse these legal materials.
Demonstrate both knowledge of and a real understanding of policy initiatives in the area of human rights and humanitarian law by proving able to critique and analyse these initiatives.

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.
Ability to work in groups.

Brief description

The module will concentrate on a detailed discussion of the important principal rights protected by human rights instruments, both under 'normal' human rights law and international humanitarian law. It will take account of, and give appropriate weight to, issues such as the dramatic developments in international humanitarian law whilst still covering the more important basic human rights. Some time will be spent on an examination of the UK Human Rights Act, although this will not form the central focus of the course.

Aims

To encourage students to pursue independent research as well as critical analysis of human rights materials. The intention will be to illustrate the very different intellectual skills used by lawyers in the application of human rights and humanitarian legal provisions.
The course aims to develop transferable skills such as research, analysis, critical evaluation which are valuable in many professional contexts. In addition it will equip future lawyers with the increasingly necessary ability to recognise and effectively deal with human rights issues in all areas of the law.
It will equip students with in depth knowledge of both international human rights and humanitarian law.

Content

The course will consider:

  • Protection and enforcement of human rights during armed conflicts.
  • Protection of basic rights under international human rights instruments. There will be a focus on specific rights, for example, right to privacy, freedom of religion, liberty of person.
  • Incorporation of basic rights into UK law.

Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 6