Module Details

HU200-5-FY-CO: Human Rights Organisations: International And Regional Institutions

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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
Pre-requisites: HU100

Teaching Staff: Various academics
Contact details: Jamie Seakens, Undergraduate Administrator, telephone: 01206 872529 email:

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

This course offers students the opportunity to learn techniques for systematic research in the field of Human Rights social science methodology. It also gives student the opportunity to probe deeper into specific issues of human rights. Human Rights specialists from a variety of backgrounds will examine how different disciplines approach human rights problems.

Course Objectives:

To equip students with the skills to identify, locate and retrieve books, articles, official documents and other documents relevant to research on human rights
To introduce students to key research methods, relevant for investigating human rights, in law, the social sciences and the humanities
To examine selected human rights issues in greater depth, with an awareness of the contribution of different disciplines in producing knowledge about them.

On succesful completion of the course, students should be able to:

Understand a range of contemporary human rights issues
Identify, locate and retrieve a bibliography relevant to human rights problems
Understand the research methods relevant to this issues
Evaluate the methods used in the literature on this issue
Design a research project to investigate the issue further

Learning and Teaching Methods

The course is taught through a two hour seminar each week by a multi-disciplinary team drawn from social sciences an humanities.


50 per cent Coursework Mark, 50 per cent Exam Mark


Coursework 1, Coursework 2 and Examination

Exam Duration and Period

2:30 during Summer Examination period.

Other information

Compulsory for:

BA Politics with Human Rights
BA Philosophy with Human Rights
BA Sociology with Human Rights
BA Latin American Studies with Human Rights
BA Law and Human Rights
LLB Law and Human Rights


  • For a complete and full list please contact the Human Rights Educational Programme Administrator, email:

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