Masters Modules.

Human Rights.

The module offers a critical engagement with the key debates in the theory and practice of human rights. The first section of the module examines the very idea of human rights, asking how human rights ought to be defined, and whether they can or ought to be morally justified. It also looks at some important challenges to idea of human rights, namely that they are ethnocentric, superficial, and have become instruments of power. The second section explores some specific controversies in human rights practice, including issues such as how they are best protected, whether they can tackle such global problems as poverty and environmental degradation, and whether their violation can provide a justification for military intervention.

Teaching:

  • This module is typically taught through a weekly programme of workshops and seminars over the 12-week semester.

Assessment:

  • The module is typically assessed through two pieces of individual coursework.

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