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International Human Rights Law (Module)

Module description

Develop and increase your knowledge and understanding of the theories underlying, and the modern history of, the international human rights movement. This module will provide you with an introductory overview 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 9am and 5pm from Monday to Friday.  An indicative timetable can be found here. A detailed timetable for this module will be available on KEATS from June 2020.

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. 

Staff information

Taught by the Dickson Poon School of Law, King's College London

The module will include guest speakers from UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency

Teaching pattern

  • Lectures
  • 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%)

Key information

Module code 4ZSS0063

Credit level 4

Assessment coursework presentation/s

Credit value Classes can often be taken for credit towards degrees at other institutions, and are examined to university standards. To receive credit for King's summer classes, contact your home institution to ask them to award external credit. This class is equivalent to an undergraduate degree module and usually awarded 3-4 US credits or 7.5 ECTS.

Semester summer session 2

Study abroad module No