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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW1028C: Human Rights Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2023/4 academic year.

Module Aims

This module aims to enable you to develop:


  • an understanding of the philosophical, political and legal aspects of human rights within a wider international context;
  • an understanding of international (eg United Nations), regional (eg Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights) and national human rights systems, and the interplay between them;
  • an understanding of the European Convention on Human Rights and the European Court of Human Rights;
  • an understanding of the balance created between the UK’s constitutional arrangements, common law rights, and the Human Rights Act 1998.;
  • an understanding of the provisions of human rights, and developing case law;
  • an understanding of the different types and categories of rights, and their scopes;
  • an ability to critically analyse the human rights protection in the UK;
  • an ability to begin to use, analyse and critique materials and texts; and
  • an ability to articulate and discuss issues relating to human rights law in their philosophical, social, political and legal context.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here – you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate sound knowledge of human rights law and a range of major concepts, principles and values relevant to their application;
2. identify and discuss the application of human rights law within their philosophical, social, political and context and their national and international application;
Discipline-Specific Skills3. apply relevant law in real-life context
4. explain andapply legal concepts and their contextual, philosophical, social, political implications.
Personal and Key Skills5. identify, retrieve and efficiently use a range of primary and secondary resources with some guidance;
6. demonstrate effective and accurate written communication skills in a manner appropriate to the discipline/different contexts;
7. demonstrate the ability to work independently, communicate your knowledge in writing within a given time frame