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Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW2137: Lethal Force, the ECHR and Democracy

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Aims

The aim of the module is to introduce you to the deeper dimensions of human rights law in relation to the specific areas of State killing and deaths in custody under Article 2, ECHR. The module aims to give you the necessary legal, theoretical and contextual background in order to analyse effectively the rationales, application and limits of human rights law in this area, as well as their significance for European democracy. This is relevant for both academic purposes and your ability to engage critically with law in context, which is significant for legal practice and other employment-related applications.

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 knowledge of the ECHR and related case law on the topics covered on the module, together with a range of major concepts, values and principles relevant to their application;
2. Demonstrate knowledge of a range of social, political and contextual implications of the issues studied;
3. Demonstrate awareness of key elements of related procedural matters;
Discipline-Specific Skills4. Select and explain relevant information from primary and secondary legal sources using appropriate interpretative techniques;
5. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the methods and rationales for studying human rights law in context, as well as their limits;
Personal and Key Skills6. Manage relevant resources and information effectively, and to develop your own arguments and opinions with some guidance;
7. Communicate effectively and accurately, orally and in writing, in a manner appropriate to the discipline;
8. Work independently and to manage time well in preparing for scheduled learning activities, and to complete specific tasks, exercises and assessments within a limited time frame.