Postgraduate Course: Economic and Social Rights (LAWS11452)
|School||School of Law
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||This course will provide students with an advanced introduction to the evolving uses of economic and social rights. It will examine debates about the nature of these rights and examine their recent constitutionalisation in some states. The course will examine the impact of economic and social rights jurisprudence and adjudication, and ask whether the legal language of economic and social rights can address contemporary problems of distributive justice, inequality and the retreat of systems of national welfare.
This course will cover the following:
1) The contemporary challenge of economic and social rights
2) Historical antecedents
3) Conceptual debates about the nature of economic and social rights: economists v lawyers?
4) The Covenant on Economic Social and Cultural Rights and its interpretation: core framework
5) Constitutionalisation of Economic and Social Rights: South Africa
6) Constitutionalisation of Economic and Social Rights: India
7) Constitutionalisation of Economic and Social Rights: Latin America
8) International Institutions and Economic and Social Rights
9) Extraterritorial application of economic and social rights and globalization
10) Economic and Social Rights and Inequality
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2021/22, 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)
||Formative Assessment:«br /»
Students will receive feedback from the seminar leader on a 15-minute presentation delivered in class on one of the core readings for the week.«br /»
Summative Assessment:«br /»
The assessment for the course will comprise a 1,000 word reaction paper or essay concerning the reading presented in class (20%); and a 4,000 word essay (80%).
||Feedback on the formative assessment may be provided in various formats, for example, to include written, oral, video, face-to-face, whole class, or individual. The course organiser will decide which format is most appropriate in relation to the nature of the assessment.
Feedback on both formative and summative in-course assessed work will be provided in time to be of use in subsequent assessments within the course.
Feedback on the summative assessment will be provided in written form via Learn, the University of Edinburgh's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE).
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a strong grounding in the state of the art concerning the interpretation, application and institutionalisation of economic and social rights in a comparative context.
- Conduct independent research in this specialised field of human rights by exposing them to a range of contemporary sources.
- Form sophisticated arguments drawing on these sources.
- Apply their theoretical and historical understandings to particular examples through the use of case studies.
Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
General Comments of the Committee on Economic and Social Rights
K Young, Constituting Economic and Social Rights (2012)
K Young (ed), The Future of Economic and Social Rights (2019)
David Landau, 'The Reality of Economic and Social Rights,' Harvard International Law Journal (2012)
Samuel Moyn, Not Enough (2018)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Skills and Abilities in Research and Enquiry
The course will enable students to conduct independent research in this specialized field of human rights by exposing them to a range of contemporary sources, and also enable to form sophisticated arguments drawing on these sources.
Skills and Abilities in Communication
The classes will run as an interactive seminars and so communication with peers is crucial.
Skills and Abilities in Personal Effectiveness
A focus on a number of case studies will enable students to apply their theoretical and historical understandings to particular examples.
|Course organiser||Dr Dimitri Van Den Meerssche
|Course secretary||Miss Chloe Culross
Tel: (0131 6)50 9588