15 Credits AUTUMN

Aims/Description: The protection of human rights presents major challenges to the international community. Before the issues of prevention and remedies can be addressed, however, some basic questions must be tackled. What are human rights? How are they to be defined? Is there a hierarchy of rights? Who violates human rights? Should human rights protection vary across the globe, taking account of cultural diversity or should it be universal? What is the relationship between State sovereignty and human rights? What is the relationship between human rights and humanitarian law? This module examines the theoretical, moral, political and cultural issues which have shaped and continue to influence modern international human rights law. Case studies will be examined to foster critical knowledge and analysis.

Staff Contact: Sorcha MacLeod
Teaching Methods: Teaching consists of 6 x 2 hr seminars. Each seminar will address a particular theoretical issue e.g. cultural relativism, the hierarchy of rights illustrating its significance by means of a case study prepared and present by members of the class.
Assessment: One 3,000 word essay (8 pages) will require the student to demonstrate a critical understanding of the nature of human rights as well as human rights theories and their application.

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