This module will provide you with an introductory overview of the theories underlying, and the modern history of, the international human rights movement before exploring a few key contemporary issues in greater depth. It will include a broad spectrum of case studies including equality, freedom of speech and assembly, terrorism and human rights and finally the challenge posed by armed non-state actors. As part of this module, students will visit key London institutions related to the course.
This module will consist of a minimum of 45 contact hours with teaching taking place between 9 am and 5 pm from Monday to Friday. This is the 2019 timetable but please note that content and timings are subject to change.
Learning outcomes and objectives
By the end of the module, you should have:
- gained an understanding of the main theories that underpin the modern international human rights movement.
- learnt about the important historical events leading to the development of the main international human rights instruments
- broadened your knowledge of the challenges that the international human rights movement face and how they are being addressed.
- analysed the contemporary debates surrounding the four case studies and present researched, informed and defensible opinions.
- understood the relevance of specific institutions and sites around London to the continuing development of international human rights.
Taught by the Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London
The module will include guest speakers from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency
- Seminars and tutorials
- London walks and visits to key institutions
- Private study
Module assessment - more information
- One essay of 2,500 words (85%)
- Presentation of 10 minutes (15%)