The Politics of Human Rights

Module code: PL7089 

Module co-ordinator: Dr Kelly Staples

Module Outline

This module discusses the major approaches to classifying rights and human rights. It covers the main political and philosophical accounts of the origins of rights, and encourages students to engage critically with current political controversies surrounding the idea of human rights. It has a focus on the relationship between the state, politics and human rights, and introduces students to the advanced ways in which human rights are quantified and measured in today’s world.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Teaching and learning methods centre on a weekly two-hour seminar in which students will discuss the major political issues, questions, theories and debates pertaining to human rights


  • Presentation (20%)
  • Essay, 5,000 words (80%)