Programme/Approved Electives for 2023/24
Available as a Free Standing Elective
This module introduces students to the normative and institutional frameworks of international human rights law, and some of the central concepts, themes, and debates salient to the discipline. The course will begin with a deceptively simple question: What are human rights? After examining the different theoretical and conceptual frameworks underpinning the ways in which human rights are justified, we will trace the evolution of the current system of human rights and the various categories of rights that emerged since the adoption of the United Nations Charter and the over the last the ¿International Bill of Rights.¿ The module will examine a range of thematic issues such as civil and political rights, economic, social and cultural rights, individual and group rights, human rights and terrorism, human rights and the right to die, self-determination and humanitarian intervention, human rights activism, human rights and disability, human rights and gender, and human rights and the right of refugees.
Talis Aspire Reading ListAny reading lists will be provided by the start of the course.http://lists.lib.keele.ac.uk/modules/law-30081/lists
To introduce students to the concept and evolution of international human rights.
Intended Learning Outcomes
recognise and identify the laws and institutions that structure international human rights: 1discern and critique examples of international inequality and global change as contexts within which to consider human rights guarantees: 1independently investigate and study human rights issues and audit legal responses thereto: 1identify and interpret the ways in which international attitudes towards, and conceptions of, human rights have evolved since the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: 1
10 x 2 hour seminars = 20 hoursseminar preparation = 36 hoursgroup presentation = 10 hoursbackground reading and essay preparation = 84 hoursTotal = 150 hourstotal = 150 hours
1: Essay weighted 100%
Description of Module Assessment
A research essay with a word limit of 3,000 words (excluding footnotes)An independently researched and written paper on one of the topics encountered in the module