CARE09004 2016 Human Rights Policy & Law
The aim of this module is to explore the role of human rights policy and law in effecting positive social change by examining in particular the relationship between the legal system and contexts in which social inequalities are generated. The module will focus on how human rights law and policy operate at a national and European level but will also have regard to the judicial interpretation of human rights in other states.
On completion of this module the learner will/should be able to;
Understand and discuss the development of human rights law in an international, European and Irish context
Demonstrte a critical awareness of social, economic, political and cultural rights
Identify specific international and regional human rights instruments and describe how human rights are enforced, in particular at Irish and European levels
Identify the relevance of human rights law and policy in the sphere of social justice
Critically discuss instances of the use of human rights law and policy to effect/implement social change in Ireland and abroad
Identify and comment on key organisations working in the areas of particular human rights or social justice issues
Scrutinise the impact of human rights law and policy in particular areas of social justice at a local and international level
Have the learning skills and knowledge to be able to continue to study the interrelationship between human rights law and equality in a self-directed or autonomous manner
Teaching and Learning Strategies
Blended learning strategy comprising 18 hours face to face time and 18 hours online
Module Assessment Strategies
Research paper and presentation
Students will either repeat the final exam or resubmit a research paper
The development of human rights policy and law – with specific reference to relevant institutions and legal instruments - at
- an international level
- a European level
- in Ireland.
Critical examination and analysis of the primary social, economic, political and cultural rights as contained in the Universal Declaration on Human Rights and the European Convention on Human Rights.
The implementation and enforcement of human rights law in Ireland and Europe, with reference to other states, e.g. the US, South Africa and India.
Examine what is meant by a human rights approach to social justice and the rationale for such an approach (e.g. sustainable change, greater legal clarity, more authoritative basis for policy, and greater accountability).
Identify the various human rights organisations, both national and international, affecting positive social change and examine some of the methods used by these groups to effect change (e.g. Amnesty International, UNICEF, and the Irish Human Rights & Equality Commission, NGO Pavee Point).
Examine the application of human rights policy and law – at national, European and international levels - to specific issues of social justice, e.g. poverty, children, housing, migrants, health, disability, education, access to justice, etc.
Coursework & Assessment Breakdown
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Research paper and Presentation||Continuous Assessment||Assignment||50 %||Week 7||1,2,3,8|
End of Semester / Year Assessment
|Title||Type||Form||Percent||Week||Learning Outcomes Assessed|
|1||Exam||Final Exam||Open Book Exam||50 %||Week 13||4,5,6,7|
Part Time Mode Workload
|Workshop||Flat Classroom||Residential||18||Once Per Semester||1.20|
Online Learning Mode Workload
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