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On successful completion of this course, students should be able to
• explain the implications of the dual nature of human rights as moral and legal rights
• identify the strengths and weaknesses of different conceptual theories of rights
• identify the strengths and weaknesses of different justifications of human rights
• develop informed arguments for taking one or another particular position on controversial human rights issues
Philosophical rights theory
Analysing human rights from a conceptual perspective.
Discussing the morality of human rights and democracy.
The morality of a politics of human rights.
|Student Effort Type||Hours|
|Autonomous Student Learning||
Some familiarity with normative political theory (e.g. INRL 10010 Foundations of Political Theory and International Relations) would be helpful but is not essential.
Students interested in third level political theory modules (e.g. INRL 30010 International Justice or POL 30370 Justice in Education) should either take this module or POL 20010 Individuals and the State as prerequisite for their future studies.
The following texts are great introductions into political theory:
McKinnon, C. (ed.) (2015). Issues in Political Theory, Oxford: Oxford University Press (320.01 MCK).
Swift, A. (2013) Political Philosophy. A Beginners' Guide for Students and Politicians, Third Edition. Revised and Expanded ed, Cambridge: Polity Press (320.01 SWI).
The following texts are great introductions to the philosophy of human rights:
Cruft, R., Liao, S. M. and Renzo, M. (eds.). (2015). Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Jones, P. (1994) Rights, Basingstoke / Hampshire: Palgrave (323 JON slc).
Woods, K. (2014) Human Rights, London: Palgrave MacMillan (341.481 WOO slc).
|Description||Timing||Component Scale||% of Final Grade|
|Continuous Assessment: Weekly Brightspace quizz on required readings.||Throughout the Trimester||n/a||Graded||No||
|Essay: 3000 word essay on a topic relating to the political theory of Law, Politics, and Human Rights.||Coursework (End of Trimester)||n/a||Graded||No||
|Resit In||Terminal Exam|
|Autumn||Yes - 2 Hour|
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
Feedback will be provided to students within 20 working days of the deadline for the assignment in according with university policy.
|Lecture||Offering 1||Week(s) - 20, 21, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 32, 33||Mon 10:00 - 10:50|
|Lecture||Offering 1||Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33||Wed 10:00 - 10:50|