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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 Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Ilia Xypolia

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 3 or Programme Level 4

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.

In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

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

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 27, 29, 31, 33, 38

More Information about Week Numbers

In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Online Quiz (20% of grade)

1,000-word review essay (30% of grade)

3,000-word essay (50% of grade)


Resit (for students who took the course in Academic Year 2020/21):   

3,000-word essay (100% of grade)


Resit (for students who took the course in Academic Year 2019/20 or for C8 students):   

3,000-word essay (100% of grade)

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ReflectionAnalysePresent material, orally and in writing, in a coherent and well-structured form.
ProceduralEvaluateAssess arguments about the practice of human rights in global politics.
ConceptualUnderstandDemonstrate comprehension of the academic debates surrounding the role of human rights in global politics.
ConceptualUnderstandDemonstrate an understanding of the historical development of the international human rights regime.
ConceptualEvaluateRecognize and distinguish between the main theories and concepts employed in the study of human rights.

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