Psychosocial Perspectives on Human Rights

The details
Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Monday 13 January 2020
Friday 20 March 2020
20 May 2019


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MA C89812 Refugee Care,
MA C89824 Refugee Care,
MA C898MO Refugee Care,
MPHPC89836 Refugee Care,
PHD C89848 Refugee Care,
PHP C89836 Refugee Care

Module description

The practice of Human Rights involves professionals engaging with the plight of individuals and/or groups in need. These beneficiaries may be suffering as a result of violations of their human rights and, inevitably, Human Rights workers are affected in multiple ways by contact with these persons and their psychological state.

Module aims

This module attempts to make students aware of the psychological complexities involved in (a) the predicament of the beneficiaries, (b) the predicament of the Human Rights workers, (c) the interaction between beneficiaries and Human Rights workers, and (d) the ways the wider contexts impact on these interactions. In effect, it explores the psychosocial parameters not only of the human rights violations but also (and mainly) of the way professionals tend to address these violations.

Module learning outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:
- become aware of the importance of considering the psychosocial perspectives of the practice of Human Rights
- become familiar with the overall issues, debates and literature related to the Psychosocial Perspectives on Human Rights
- develop a systematic understanding of the 'victim, perpetrator, rescuer' triangle
- develop a systematic understanding of the complexity of issues related to the 'trauma' discourse
- acquire a working knowledge of the epistemological issues concerning the interaction between intrapsychic, interpersonal and socio-political realms
- appreciate the psychosocial complexities involved in assisting survivors of human rights violations.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

This module is delivered through 9 lectures and one field trip to Hatton Cross Asylum Tribunal. A range of material will be presented to students within lecturers, including film clips, oral history recordings, newspaper articles, cartoons and pictures and students will be encouraged to ask questions, contribute to lively group discussion and share reflections on their own experiences if they wish. The visit to Hatton Cross is an important element of the learning for this module and provides students with a special opportunity to observe proceedings within a real asylum tribunal with the opportunity to ask questions to experts following observation of tribunal cases and gain insight into how UK asylum seeker legal processes work


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Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Essay  29/04/2020  100% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Zibiah Loakthar, email:
Professor Renos Papadopoulos, Dr Zibiah Loakthar
Student Administrator 5A.202; Tel: 01206 873745; Email:



External examiner

Dr Irene Bruna Seu
Birkbeck University of London
Reader in Psychosocial Studies
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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