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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW1028C: Human Rights Law

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover all or some of the following topics:

  • Philosophical and political theories about human rights
  • International and national developments that led to the creation of modern human rights law
  • Human rights systems outside of Europe
  • Human rights in Europe
  • Common law rights and the Human Rights Act 1998/European Convention on Human Rights
  • ECHR rights including
    • Right to life (Article 2)
    • Prohibition of torture (Article 3)
    • Prohibition of slavery (Article 4)
    • Personal liberty (Article 5)
    • Right to a fair trial (Article 6) 
    • Right to respect for private life (Article 8)
    • Right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion (Article 9)
    • Freedom of expression (Article 10) 
    • Freedom to assembly and association (Article 11)
    • Freedom from discrimination (Article 14)
    • Contemporary developments and challenges in the field of human rights

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities1111 x 1-hour synchronous weekly lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities10.57 x 1.5 teacher-led seminars
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities5Hack lectures and writing workshops
Guided Independent Study58Preparation for scheduled learning and teaching sessions, including pre-reading and the completion of learning activities. Individual reading
Guided Independent Study1111 x 1-hour peer-led firm meetings
Guided Independent Study54.5Assessment preparation

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

Other Learning Resources

You are expected to keep up to date with topical events. This is best done by reading newspapers such as The Times, The Guardian, The Independent or The Telegraph. You may also find recent and current editions of specialist journals, such as Public Law and Modern Law Review, which are available digitally in the Law Library, useful for this purpose.