Module Details

HU100-4-FY-CO: Foundations Of Human Rights

Year: 2017/18
Department: Human Rights Centre
Essex credit: 30
ECTS credit: 15
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: Yes
Outside Option: Yes

Supervisor: Dr Andrew Fagan
Teaching Staff: Dr Andrew Fagan, Jude Bueno de Mesquita, Dr Ahmed Shaheed
Contact details: Laurence Wells, Administrator, telephone: 01206 872852 email:

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

In this course you will be introduced to the fundamental principles and practies which underpin the protection and promotion of human rights at the international level. Many facets of human rights will be covered including philosophy and international law. The course is designed to form an interdisciplinary base from which you can go on to further study in the area of human rights.

Learning and Teaching Methods

The course is taught through one-hour lecture and one-hour tutorial per week. Students will be provided with reading materials and questions for discussion prior to seminars. Tutorials are designed to enable students to deepen and extend their knowledge of human rights. This will be achieved by students active participation in a range of different exercises including debates, discussion groups, role-plays and discussion groups.


50 per cent Coursework Mark, 50 per cent Exam Mark


Human Rights Journal, Coursework 1, Coursework 2, Examination

Exam Duration and Period

2:30 during Summer Examination period.

Other information

Compulsory for:
BA Politics with Human Rights
BA Law and Human Rights (3 years)
LLB Law and Human Rights (4 years)
BA Philosophy with Human Rights
BA Sociology with Human Rights
BA Latin American Studies with Human Rights (4 years)


  • Andrew Fagan (2010) The Atlas of Human Rights: Mapping Violations of Freedom Across the Globe (Berkeley, CA.: University of California Press).
  • Andrew Clapham (2007) Human Rights: a Very Short Introduction (Oxford: Oxford University Press)
  • Cindy Holder & David Reidy (eds.) (2013) Human Rights: the Hard Questions (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press

Further information

External Examiner Information

  • Name: Dr Damien Short
    Institution: University of London (Institutes and activities)
    Academic Role: Reader, Director of the Human Rights Consortium