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Postgraduate Course: Human Rights Law in Europe (LAWS11326)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Law CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis course will look at the protection of human rights in Europe through a primary focus of the law of the European Convention on Human Rights. The course will also look at some other human rights instruments of the Council of Europe as well as human rights protection in the EU system.
Course description The programme will include an introduction to European human rights law, a thorough grounding in the primary institutions and main instruments dealing with the protection of Human rights in Europe, with a specific emphasis on the European Convention of Human Rights and the case law of the European Court of Human Rights. There will also be some consideration of themes raised by the convention and the Court, other human rights instruments of the council of Europe as well as human rights protection in the European Union.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2019/20, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  27
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 1 x 5, 000 word essay.
Feedback A feedback opportunity will be available prior to the summative assessment which will take the form of working through a sample essay question with the course organiser
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Knowledge and understanding of the main institutions and instruments of human rights protection in Europe.
  2. Critical analysis, presentation of reasoned argument both orally and in written work.
  3. The development of critical analytical skills through examination of materials in European human rights law.
  4. Both oral and written communication
Reading List
There is no preliminary reading for this course
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Skills and abilities in Personal and Intellectual Autonomy:
* Develop original and creative responses to problems and issues.
* Deal with complex issues and make informed judgments in situations in the absence of complete or consistent data/information.
* Identify the need for and engage with interdisciplinary cooperation to create and implement effective public policies.

Skills and abilities in Communication:
* Communicate with peers, more senior colleagues, and specialists.
* Participate to a brainstorming and contribute to a collective reflections on issue solving
* Understand a broad variety of sources.

Skills and abilities in Personal Effectiveness:
* Develop their ability to work independently under fixed deadlines.
* Develop their ability to lead and participate in team work.
* Develop their assertiveness with peers and supervising staff.
* Participate effectively in seminars and discussions.
* Develop their ability to present the outcome of independent research in a clear written and oral form.
KeywordsHuman Rights Law,ECHR law,EU law,European Law
Course organiserDr Elisenda Casanas Adam
Tel: (0131 6)50 9815
Course secretaryMr Kevin Duckworth
Tel: (0131 6)50 2002
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