The Politics of Human Rights

Module code: PL7589

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 will be delivered through the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) – Blackboard - this allows for a range of innovative and engaging teaching techniques to be used such as online presentations, podcasts, interactive message boards and Wikis, as well as one-to-one contact through conventional channels. 


  • Journal article analysis (20%)
  • Essay (80%)