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Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM095: Human Rights and International Business Policy

This module descriptor refers to the 2016/7 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the module’s precise content may vary each year, it is anticipated that it will cover the following topics in the order indicated below:


Business, Rule of Law and Society

            The Normative Framework – Freedom

            Conceptual tensions in human rights and business

            Practical problems concerning governance gaps

            The business case for human rights

Overview of social responsibility initiatives

            From corporate ethics to human rights

            Multi-stakeholder initiatives

            Intergovernmental initiatives

The United Nations Protect, Respect and Remedy Framework Guiding Principles

            Origins, Scope – What is so special?, Implementation, Access to remedy

            Special Themes: National Action Plans, Human Rights Due Diligence, Conflict Zones, Extra-territoriality

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
Lectures and Seminars3010 x 3 hours seminars including introductory lectures, student-led seminars and guest speakers.
Guided Independent Study 270A variety of study tasks under the guidance of the module leader that may include: • Introductory and General Reading Assignments (60 hours) • Web-based Research (50 Hours) • Library-based research (60 Hours) • Essay Preparation including literature review, writing, data analyses, consultations with staff (80 Hours) • Methodology and IT skills training (20 Hours); An initial consultation to agree the topic. A meeting to review the literature and the plan of research including methodology and ethics issues. Free consultation on progress

Online Resources

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

United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights

Institute of Business and Human Rights

Business and Human Rights Resource centre

Business for Social Responsibility