Module Information

Module Identifier
LAM1620
Module Title
International Human Rights Law
Academic Year
2017/2018
Co-ordinator
Semester
Semester 1
Reading List
External Examiners
  • Ms Emma R McClean (Senior Lecturer - Westminster University)
 
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminar 11 x 2 Hour Seminars
 

Assessment

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT OF 5,000-6,000 WORDS  80%
Semester Assessment ORAL PRESENTATION  20%
Supplementary Assessment WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT OF 5,000-6,000 WORDS TO BE RESUBMITTED, IF FAILED  80%
Supplementary Assessment ORAL PRESENTATION OR WRITTEN ASSIGNMENT IN LIEU OF ORAL PRESENTATION TO BE SUBMITTED, IF FAILED  20%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the justification for the international legal protection of human rights.
2. Display knowledge of the international legal and institutional frameworks for the protection of human rights.
3. Assess and explain the operation of the different mechanisms for the protection of human rights and evaluate their effectiveness.
4. Conduct research and find legal solutions related to the protection of international human rights.
5. Situate human rights issues in the broad context of international and national law.
6. Demonstrate critical and analytical skills and apply them to concrete cases and situations.

Brief description

The module will provide a general overview of the most relevant issues concerning the international protection of human rights. These will include the international and universal approach to the definition and protection of human rights, and the implications for states, groups and individuals. The module will focus on the international law related to human rights, in particular the International Bill of Human Rights. The role of the United Nations and relevant regional organisations will be discussed, as well as the main mechanisms available at international and regional level, such as international courts and other bodies. The role of Non-Governmental Organisations and other national mechanisms will also be considered.

Content

The module will provide a general overview of the most relevant issues concerning the international protection of human rights. These will include the international and universal approach to the definition and protection of human rights, and the implications for states, groups and individuals. The module will focus on the international law related to human rights, in particular the International Bill of Human Rights. The role of the United Nations and relevant regional organisations will be discussed, as well as the main mechanisms available at international and regional level, such as international courts and other bodies. The role of Non-Governmental Organisations and other national mechanisms will also be considered.

Transferable skills

Throughout the module, students will practise and develop their skills of research, analysis, time-management, oral and written presentation. In seminars they will develop their ability to listen, understand and explain subject related topics as well as present a point of view orally and discuss their thoughts with the rest of the class; their assignments will enable them to develop their skills of independent research, analysis, presentation and writing (including data collection and retrieval, IT and time management). All learning throughout the module will be relevant to a career in any legal profession.


Notes

This module is at CQFW Level 7