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LAW8572 : International Human Rights and Development: Global Challenges

Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module aims:

•       To provide in-depth doctrinal understanding of some of the emerging challenges facing International Human Rights and Global Security

•       To provide comprehensive understanding of international human rights protection in an increasingly precarious framework

•       To critically consider the often tense relationship between the individual, the state and international organisations in a contemporary context

•       To provide critical examination of international mechanisms of human rights protection with focus on the United Nations as well as international/regional courts such as the European Court of Human Rights, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the African Court of Human Rights

•       To enable critique on the tensions between Human Rights, Global Security and development

•       To examine selected global challenges engaging rights, security and development

Outline Of Syllabus

•       The individual as a subject of international law and international human rights in the twenty-first century

•       Challenges to human rights protection

•       Evolving right development

•       International organisations empowered to protect human rights including the UN

•       Individual and group rights

•       Civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights

•       Rights, Security and Private Organisations

•       Protecting rights and security during a global pandemic

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials80:304:00A combination of short recordings of lecture material and text published on VLE each week.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion551:0055:00Preparation of formative presentation (15) Structure of research report from choice of topics (40)
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading81:008:00Students directed to supported materials online to support contextualisation of each topic
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching82:0016:002 hour - Zoom seminar groups (weekly in sem1)
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion11:001:00Asynchronous Q & A session run over a day on Canvas discussion board
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion12:002:00Introductory video (15-30 mins), module intro activity (30 mins), quiz (1 hr)
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery81:008:00Induction queries (2), formative queries (3), formative feedback/summative queries (3)
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1061:00106:0062 hours own reading, 32 guided reading activities for small group teaching, 12 hours lecture prep
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The seminars will be inter-active and they will require advance preparation. This teaching method aims to promote analytical, argumentative and critical skills essential for discourse. The learning method will rely on directed self-study for the contact teaching time as well as independent study for further in-depth understanding of concepts and issues to be discussed at seminars.

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1A1003000 word essay or problem question.
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Oral Presentation1M10-15 minutes
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The coursework will provide students an opportunity to demonstrate comprehensive understanding of issues under consideration, application of such knowledge on complex problem and theoretical questions, critical judgment, and breadth of knowledge of relevant primary and secondary sources.

Reading Lists

Timetable