Undergraduate Course: Human Rights Honours (20 credit) (LAWS10212)
|School||School of Law
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course provides a comprehensive overview of domestic, regional and international systems for protecting human rights, and of the relationship between them, so as to build on the treatment of human rights in the Ordinary courses of Public Law and Individual Rights (PLAIR), and Public Law of the UK and Scotland (PLUS).
The course will both provide an overview of human rights regimes and machinery at the international and domestic level, and examine how particular human rights abuses are addressed in practice. The course will examine: different institutional responses to human rights violations at the international, regional, and national level, and the difficulties and controversies in enforcing civil and political rights, socio-economic rights, and group rights. It will examine how these dynamics play out in the European, UK, and Scottish context. Teaching will be based around practical problems and focused on current controversies. The course aims to be useful to those interested in human rights and legal practice, but also to human rights advocacy in a non-governmental setting, and for those interested in rights issues more generally.
It is anticipated that students will contribute, and be prepared to discuss issues from the various topics. Students are expected to attend all scheduled teaching, and to have read beforehand the relevant cases and statutory provisions, as well as other readings set out for each topic. Sometimes, there will be questions for discussion attached to the Reading Lists. Students will be expected to participate in class discussions.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|| Students MUST have passed:
Public Law of the UK and Scotland (LAWS08123) AND
Public Law and Individual Rights (LAWS08132)
||Other requirements|| Spaces on this course are allocated as part of the Law Honours Course Allocation process. Places are generally only available to students who must take Law courses. To request a space on this course, please email Law.UGO@ed.ac.uk
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||100% Coursework, consisting of 80% essay and 20% class participation.
||Students will be offered the opportunity to submit a formative essay for written individual feedback (and general feedback in class). Students will receive individual feedback relating to the summative assignment.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of international, regional and domestic human rights law, and their inter-relationship as described above.
- Develop applied knowledge, skills and understanding by looking at key cases and fact pattern scenarios. This is assessed in the coursewokr which is based on a fictitious fact-pattern which tests capacity to apply learning to a complex set of facts which bring up a range of issues and potential areas of law and remedies.
- Demonstrate oral and written communication skills, developed through class argumentation and presentations, and written assessment.
- Show autonomy, accountability and capacity to work with others, through class preparation, group-based exercises and assessment.
|A detailed reading list will be provided at the outset of the course.|
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Students will develop the skills of working independently in the critical analysis of legal and non-legal source materials. They will gain experience in establishing the relevance of non-legal academic disciplines to understanding the formation and content of primary legal doctrines on human rights law and its current development. Clarity of written and spoken expression of abstract concepts will be an essential attribute to successful participation in the course. By interactive discussion, they will learn the value of shared dialogue to the formation and refinement of their thinking.
|Keywords||Human Rights,European Convention on Human Rights,Socioeconomic Rights,Freedom of Expression,UN
|Course organiser||Dr Elisenda Casanas Adam
Tel: (0131 6)50 9815
|Course secretary||Ms Angela Jones
Tel: (0131 6)51 4550