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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

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  • PI3072 Human Rights in Global Politics (Studied)

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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.

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

Alternative Assessment

Online Quiz (20% of grade)

1,000-word Review Essay (30% of grade)

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

Alternative Resit Assessment

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

Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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.
ProceduralEvaluateAssess arguments about the practice of human rights in global politics.
ReflectionAnalysePresent material, orally and in writing, in a coherent and well-structured form.

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