Selected Issues in Human Rights
Human Rights Centre
Undergraduate: Level 6
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
01 October 2019
Requisites for this module
BA V1L2 History with Human Rights,
BA V1L8 History with Human Rights (Including Foundation Year),
BA V1LF History with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad),
BA V1LG History with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
BA T7M8 Latin American studies with Human Rights (Including Foundation Year),
BA T7M9 Latin American Studies with Human Rights,
BA V5M8 Philosophy with Human Rights (Including Foundation Year),
BA V5M9 Philosophy with Human Rights,
BA V5MX Philosophy with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad),
BA V6M9 Philosophy with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
BA VLM8 Philosophy with Human Rights (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA L219 Politics with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
BA L2M9 Politics with Human Rights,
BA LFM9 Politics with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad),
BA L3J9 Sociology with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
BA L3M9 Sociology with Human Rights,
BA LMJ9 Sociology with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MM20 Law with Human Rights,
LLB MM21 Law with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad),
LLB MM22 Law with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
BA P570 Journalism with Human Rights,
BA P571 Journalism with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad),
BA P572 Journalism with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
BA LL37 Social Anthropology with Human Rights,
BA LL38 Social Anthropology with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad),
BA LL39 Social Anthropology with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
BA L914 Global Studies with Human Rights,
BA L916 Global Studies with Human Rights (Including Foundation Year),
BA L917 Global Studies with Human Rights (Including Placement Year),
BA L918 Global Studies with Human Rights (Including Year Abroad)
This course seeks to provide students with an in-depth understanding of the relevance and role of human rights to a number of contemporary issues. Topics are examined, such as exploring the meaning of rights for those most vulnerable and marginalised in society: women's rights, minority rights, socio-economic rights & poverty, the rights of persons with disabilities and indigenous peoples' rights.
(a) To build and consolidate knowledge and skills gained in HU100 and HU200.
(b) To examine the relevance and role of human rights to a number of contemporary issues.
(c) To examine selected substantive human rights in national, regional and global contexts.
(d) To introduce students to comparative human rights analysis.
Identify and analyse the human rights issues in a range of factual situations
Understand the issues surrounding selected substantive human rights in national, regional and international fora
Critically evaluate the contribution of human rights analysis to a range of contemporary issues
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1. At the end of this module, students will demonstrate the ability to critically analyse select contemporary human rights issues from a range of different perspectives.
2. Students will evaluate key normative concepts and ideas, such as equality, human dignity and non-discrimination, and comprehend both the historical bases and the philosophical arguments underpinning the modern rights infrastructure.
3. Students will understand the various human rights frameworks (international, regional, domestic) and recognise how these interact with regards to specific human rights issues and cases.
4. Students, working both independently and collaboratively, will be able to synthesise and present human rights arguments in a coherent manner, communicating through their written outputs, in-class contributions, and oral presentations.
- (no date) Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006).
- (no date) Mental Capacity Act 2005.
- Smith, Rhona K. M. (2018) International human rights law, New York, NY: Oxford University Press.
- Castellino, Joshua; Domínguez Redondo, Elvira. (2006) Minority rights in Asia: a comparative legal analysis, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Gigoux, C; Samson, C. (2016) 'Globalization and Indigenous Peoples: New Old Patterns', in The Routledge international handbook of globalization studies, Abingdon: Routledge., pp.272-295
- Hitchcock, Robert K.; Sapignoli, Maria; Babchuk, Wayne A. (2011-01) 'What about our rights? Settlements, subsistence and livelihood security among Central Kalahari San and Bakgalagadi', in The International Journal of Human Rights. vol. 15 (1) , pp.62-88
- Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. (no date) ‘General comment No 1 (2014) Article 12: Equal recognition before the law’ (2014).
- Morgan, R. (2009) 'Forging Indigenous Rights at the United Nations: A Social Constructionist Account', in Interpreting human rights: social science perspectives, London: Routledge. vol. 47
- Marks, Susan; Clapham, Andrew. (2005) International human rights lexicon, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Burch, Matthew. (2017) 'Autonomy, Respect, and the Rights of Persons with Disabilities in Crisis', in Journal of Applied Philosophy. vol. 34 (3) , pp.389-402
- (no date) Assisted Decision-Making (Capacity) Act 2015 [Republic of Ireland].
- Jackson, J. (c2002) 'Caught in the Crossfire: Colombia’s Indigenous Peoples during the 1990s', in The politics of ethnicity: indigenous peoples in Latin American states, Cambridge, Mass: Harvard University David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies. vol. v. 9
- Tully, J. (2000) 'The Struggles of Indigenous Peoples for and of Freedom', in Political theory and the rights of indigenous peoples, London: Cambridge University Press., pp.36-59
- Steiner, Henry J.; Alston, Philip; Goodman, Ryan. (2007) International human rights in context: law, politics, morals : text and materials, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Davis, S.H. (2002) 'Indigenous Peoples, Poverty and Participatory Development: The Experience of the World Bank in Latin America', in Multiculturalism in Latin America: indigenous rights, diversity, and democracy, New York: Palgrave Macmillan., pp.227-251
- Richardson, G. (2012) 'Mental Disabilities and the Law: From Substitute to Supported Decision-Making?', in Current Legal Problems. vol. 65 (1) , pp.333-354
The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.
Assessment items, weightings and deadlines
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Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Aoife Duffy, email: email@example.com.
Prof Fabian Freyenhagen, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dr Carlos Gigoux Gramegna, email: email@example.com.
Dr Aoife Duffy, Dr Carlos Gigoux Gramenga, Professor Fabian Freyenhagen
Law General Office, 01206 872529, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Thomas Pegram
University College London
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