CARE09004 2016 Human Rights Policy & Law

General Details

Full Title
Human Rights Policy & Law
Transcript Title
Human Rights Policy & Law
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Subject Area
CARE - Social Studies
SOCS - Social Sciences
09 - NFQ Level 9
10 - 10 Credits
Start Term
2016 - Full Academic Year 2016-17
End Term
9999 - The End of Time
Mary Clarke, Perry Share, Breda McTaggart, Sinead Barrins, Tamsin Cavaliero
Programme Membership
SG_WSOCI_M09 201700 Master of Arts in Social Care & Social Justice SG_WSOCI_O09 201700 Postgraduate Diploma in Arts in Social Care & Social Justice

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

Final exam

Repeat Assessments

Students will either repeat the final exam or resubmit a research paper

Indicative Syllabus

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

Coursework & Continuous Assessment
50 %
End of Semester / Year Formal Exam
50 %

Coursework Assessment

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

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Workshop Flat Classroom Residential 18 Once Per Semester 1.20
Total Part Time Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.20 Hours

Online Learning Mode Workload

Type Location Description Hours Frequency Avg Workload
Online Lecture Online Lecture 3 Fortnightly 1.50
Total Online Learning Average Weekly Learner Contact Time 1.50 Hours

Module Resources

Non ISBN Literary Resources


Bogdán, M., Dunajeva, J., Junghaus, T., Kóczé , A., Rövid, M., Rostas, I., Ryder, A., Szilvási, M., and Taba, M. (2015) ‘Nothing About Us Without Us? Roma Participation in Policy Making and Knowledge Production in Roma Rights: Journal of the European Roma Rights Centre (2) pp. 3-7.


Casey, J.(2000) Constitutional Law in Ireland , 3rd Edition. Round Hall, Dublin.


Cemlyn, S. (1998) Policy and Provision by Social Services for Traveller Children and Families: report of Research Study, Bristol: University of Bristol.


Freedman, R. (2014) Failing to Protect: The UN and the Politicisation of Human Rights. Hurst, London: Hurst and Company.


Guglielmo, R. and Waters, W.T. (2005) ‘Migrating towards Minority Status: shifting European Policy towards Roma’, Journal of Common Market Studies, 43(4), 763-786.


Hammarberg, T. (2012) Human Rights of Roma and Travellers in Europe, Brussels: Council of Europe.


Holder, C., and Reidy. D. (2013) Human Rights: The Hard Questions. Cambridge University Press: Cambridge


McGarry, A. (2011) ‘The dilemma of the European Union’s Roma policy’ Critical Social Policy 32, 126-136


McGarry, A. and Agarin, T. (2014) ‘Unpacking the Roma Participation Puzzle: Presence, Voice and Influence’ Journal of Ethnic Migration Studies, pp. 1-19 DOI:10.1080/1369183X.2014.897599


Nyamu-Musembi, C & Cornwall, A. (2004) ‘What is the Rights Based Approach all about?: Perspectives from International Development Agencies’


Office of the Minister for Children (2006) Diversity and Equality Guidelines for Childcare Providers, Dublin: OMC.


O’Nions, H. (2010) ‘Divide and teach: educational inequality and the Roma’, International Journal of Human Rights, 14(3), 464-489


Oprea, A. (2005a) ‘The Arranged Marriage of Ana Maria Cioba. Intra-Community Oppression and Romani Feminist Ideals: Transcending the ‘Primitive Culture’ Argument’, European Journal of Women’s Studies, 12(2), 133-148


Ovey, C & White, R (2006) ‘European Convention on Human`. Oxford; OUP


Pavee Point (2011) Towards a National Traveller and Roma Integration Strategy 2020, Dublin: Pavee Point Travellers Centre.


Rogan, M. ‘Prison Law’


Quin, S. & Redmond, B. (2003) Disability and policy in Ireland. Dublin: University College Dublin Press.


Smith, R & Van den Anker, C. (2005) ‘International Human Rights in Context: Law, Politics, Morals’. Oxford University Press,



URL Resources

National Disability Strategy (2004) - POLICY - 2.Pdf/Files/NDA - POLICY - 2.Pdf

UN Convention of the Rights of People with Disabilities (2006)

Additional Information

DCYA (2014) Better Outcomes, Brighter Futures: the national policy framework for children and young people 2014-2020, Dublin: Stationery Office.

Department of Children and Youth Affairs (2015) Blueprint for the Development of Children and Young People’s Services Committees, (CYPSC), Department of Children and Youth Affairs. 

Department of Justice and Equality (2011) Ireland’s National Traveller Roma Integration Strategy, Dublin: Stationery Office.

European Commission (2011) Communication 173/4. An EU Framework for National Roma Integration Strategies up to 2020 (Brussels, European Commission).

European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC) (2006) Roma and Travellers in Public Education, Vienna: EUMC

European Roma Policy Coalition (ERPC) (2009) Towards a European Policy on Roma Inclusion, Brussels: ERPC

European Network Against Racism and European Roma Information Office (2011) Debunking Myths and Revealing Myths about Roma (Brussels, ENAR and ERIO)

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) Making hate crime visible in the European Union: acknowledging victims’ rights 2012.

Government of Ireland (2009) Habitual Residence Condition Act, Dublin: Stationery Office.

Living Together: European Citizenship Against Racism and Xenophobia Decalogue and Final Comparative and Comprehensive Report Project [JLS/FRC/036] 2010

Living Together: Combining Diversity and Freedom in 21st-century Europe Report of the Group of Eminent Persons of the Council of Europe 2011 and refer to all documents cited in this report

An Analysis of the Scheme of Direct Provision in Ireland 2003

European Report on Preventing Elder Maltreatment. World Health Organisation 2011

EU Strategy for the Wellbeing and Dignity of Older People in Need of Care and Assistance 2012

European Innovation Partnership for Active and Healthy Ageing