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Pre-University Taster: Law (Module)

Module description

The Legal Protection of Human Rights: An Ideal Under Threat?

The protection of human rights is today frequently seen as a central feature of many systems of law. This Law course will examine the origins of international human rights law and look in more detail at the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), reflecting on both its success and points of controversy.

The course will also look at the protection of human rights in UK law and you will have the opportunity to explore a number of crucial questions: why is the Human Rights Act 1998 so unpopular? Should we adopt a Bill of Rights in the UK and what would it contain? Who should have the final say over human rights?

This is the 2018 timetable but please note that content and timings are subject to change.

By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • Understand the historical development of, and some of the main features of, modern international human rights law;
  • Be familiar with the European Convention on Human Rights;
  • Understand the framework of human rights protection in the UK and the challenges to that framework;
  • Consider and discuss the need for reform of the system of protection human rights in the UK.

Staff information

Dr Elin Weston and Charmian Werren, The Dickson Poon School of Law, King’s College London

Teaching pattern

  • Lectures
  • Seminars
  • Debates
  • Discussion
  • Group work activities

Module assessment - more information

No formal assessment but up to 3 hours of reading/tasks may be assigned throughout the course to be completed outside of the timetable.

Key information

Module code 4ZSS9011

Credit level 4


Credit value Students who complete this course will receive a certificate of participation rather than course credits.

Semester summer session 2

Study abroad module No