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HRTD6901: Human Rights and the Human Rights System

This unit provides a foundational understanding of the content and philosophical justifications for human rights norms. Philosophical, historical and positivist perspectives will be brought together in this unit to allow students to grasp the content of human rights and the justification for norms that become domestic and international law. The unit covers institutional protection mechanisms, including UN treaty and charter bodies, and offers an exploration of core human rights treaties and their social and political context.

Code HRTD6901
Academic unit Sociology and Criminology
Credit points 6

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. have a sound knowledge of the basic content of the major international and regional human rights instruments
  • LO2. debate the philosophical justifications for human rights norms, including critiques of human rights as a normative framework
  • LO3. understand the historical and ongoing development of human rights norms and the ongoing contestation and expansion of the normative content of human rights
  • LO4. understand some of the key critiques of a human rights approach to advocacy and some limits of the approach
  • LO5. engage with cultural and religious challenges to the universality of human rights and to mount effective arguments concerning the effectiveness of human rights in diverse cultural contexts
  • LO6. understand the role and obligations of non-State actors visà-vis human rights
  • LO7. understand the relationship between international laws, treaties or agreements, and domestic obligations and practices.