Introduction to UK Human Rights

The details
Essex Pathways
Colchester Campus
Full Year
Foundation/Year Zero: Level 3
Thursday 03 October 2019
Friday 26 June 2020
31 March 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BA V1L8 History with Human Rights (Including Foundation Year),
BA T7M8 Latin American studies with Human Rights (Including Foundation Year),
LLB M101 Law (Including Foundation Year),
BA V5M8 Philosophy with Human Rights (Including Foundation Year),
BA VLM8 Philosophy with Human Rights (Including Foundation Year and Year Abroad),
BA L916 Global Studies with Human Rights (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

This module is designed for students with no previous knowledge of English law, or of UK Human Rights. Students will be introduced to the general principles of the Human Rights Act 1998 and develop an understanding of how rights are protected within the UK jurisdiction.

The Autumn Term introduces the basic concepts of the Human Rights Act 1998. The Spring Term builds upon this knowledge and Invites students to discuss issues around human rights abuses within UK law. The Summer Term is slanted toward reinforcing students' learning skills.

Module aims

- To provide the relevant information to develop students’ knowledge of human rights and the corresponding English Law and enable them to define the relevant concepts within the syllabus
- To encourage discussion within the class regarding identification of human rights abuses by providing practical scenarios in order to enable the student to identify the corresponding Articles within the topic
- To promote students to create a legal argument using the Human Rights Act 1998 in a given situation
- To inspire students to critically analyse judicial interpretation of the Human Rights Act 1998 within cases and to understand the judicial application of sections 2, 3, 4, and 6.
- To foster good practice in order for students to be able to construct and defend legal arguments pertaining to Human Rights

Module learning outcomes

By the end of this module a student will be expected to be able to:
1. Identify human rights and the corresponding law and be able to define the relevant legal concepts within the syllabus.
2. Discuss legal issues raised in practical scenarios and identify the abuses of rights and the corresponding Articles within each topic.
3. Demonstrate their ability to apply the Human Rights Act 1998 in a given situation.
4. Analyse and criticise case law and utilise their ability to identify judicial interpretation of the Human Rights Act 1998 within cases, including the application of sections 2, 3, 4 and 6 of the HRA 1998.
5. Construct legal arguments and defend the arguments in a discussion group.

Module information

Formative assessment

A formative essay consisting of a maximum of 500 words will be set in the second week of term and returned to the student within two weeks.
Summative assessment

Coursework will consist of:

Essay: 1,500 words including footnotes (20%)
Oral presentation (20%)
A 1,500-word written project (50%)
Participation mark: 10%

Reassessment strategy

Resubmit a piece of coursework (1,500 words) which will be marked as 100% of the new module mark. The reassessment task will enable the relevant learning outcomes to be met.

If the individual oral presentation has been failed, students will also be required to submit a 500-word presentation in notes/slides format. The weighting will be divided equally between the assignment and the 500-word presentation.


Autumn Term
Introduction of HRA 1998
What are Human Rights?
Why Human Rights?
Is the Human Rights Act safe post Brexit?
Section 3
Section 4
Section 5

Spring Term
Human rights abuses within UK law

Learning and teaching methods

The module runs over 22 weeks and is covered by four teaching hours per week. Two hours will be dedicated to lectures covering the subject matter and two hours for seminars which will be divided into two parts: One for the students to answer a specific set of questions and the students will be expected to have already read the relevant reading matter The second hour will be dedicated to the students preparing the project. The second term will have teacher led discussions on current topics instead of lectures.


This module does not appear to have a published bibliography.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   500 Word Formative Essay     0% 
Coursework   1500 Word Written Project    50% 
Practical   Participation    10% 
Practical   Oral Presentations    20% 
Written Exam  1500 Word Essay Assignment 1    20% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Mr Dave Briggs, email: dbrigg@essex.ac.uk.
Dave Briggs
Lucy Anthony (lanthony@essex.ac.uk)



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 475 hours, 196 (41.3%) hours available to students:
279 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Essex Pathways

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