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LAW3034 : Human Rights Law

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Elena Katselli
  • Owning School: Newcastle Law School
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


The aims and objectives of this module can be outlined as following:

- To provide comprehensive knowledge and understanding of human rights law in a historical and contemporary context;

- To consider the evolution of human rights at an international, European and national level and the interaction and co-relation of these different legal orders in the protection of human rights, with specific focus on the UK legal order;

- To consider the role of the individual as the carrier of rights but also of obligations;

- To critically assess the mechanisms of implementation and enforcement of human rights and their effectiveness;

- To discuss contemporary human rights issues and to analyse the scope and content of selected human rights.

Outline Of Syllabus

-       The historical and contemporary evolution of human rights
- Universality of Human Rights v Cultural relativism
-       Introduction to international human rights
-       Introduction to European human rights
-       The right to life
-       The prohibition of torture
-       The UK 1998 Human Rights Act
-       The right to a fair trial

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture301:0030:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery11:001:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1164:00164:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The lectures will require participation and advance preparation, as will the seminars. The rationale for this teaching method is to promote analytical, argumentative and critical skills essential for discourse. The learning methods will rely on directed self study for the contact teaching time and independent study for the preparation of assessed coursework which will bring together the knowledge, cognitive, research and the assessed key skills.

Assessment Methods

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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1351A67N/A
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written exercise1M332,000 Words
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The examination provides an important incentive for students to establish a foundation of knowledge in the subject. The unseen examination tests the demonstration of knowledge and understanding in the context of an application of skills that need to be developed over the whole module. The examination provides a means for testing students' ability to analyse, synthesise, deploy critical judgement and evaluate alternative arguments. It also allows candidates to demonstrate intended learning outcomes across a broad range of topics within the syllabus.

The assessed coursework will give students the opportunity to develop and demonstrate their research skills, undertake critical analysis in the field of human rights, and present coherent arguments supported by appropriate legal basis and precedent.

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