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Course Overview

Human Rights have long been at the epicentre of heated debates in contemporary global politics. This course will examine the theoretical and philosophical foundations of human rights within their historical context, along with the key controversies that shape current implementation and enforcement of the human rights regime in global politics. This course is suitable for specialist and non-specialist alike. No prior knowledge is required.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 30 credits (15 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Ilia Xypolia

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Programme Level 3

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • PI3072 Human Rights in Global Politics (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

This course will examine the main theories, concepts and practices surrounding the international human rights regime, and will encourage you to critically examine the role of human rights in global politics by studying a number of contemporary case studies and approaches. It particularly considers key issues such as the question of universalism of human rights, their measurement challenge, the role of states and non-state actors in formulating and enforcing the human rights agenda, the case of humanitarian intervention, and the tension between security and human rights. This course will provide students with an overview of theory and practice of human rights in global politics.

Further Information & Notes

 Available only to students in Politics OR International Relations degrees.


Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt

  • Oral Presentation (0%)
  • Online Quiz (10%)
  • Review Essay (750 words -Evaluation of two published works) (10%)
  • Essay (2500 words) (40%)
  • Exam (40%)



  • 2-hour exam (100%)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.


Formative Feedback:

Formative assessment will take place in the tutorials with oral feedback being provided for presentations.

Sessions will be organised to provide examples of good practice for the review essay, the essay and the exam. Examples of quiz questions with answers will also be presented.


Summative feedback: 

Written feedback will be provided for continuous assesment work, This will normally be provided within three weeks of the submission date. 

Course Learning Outcomes

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