6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
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This unit is a general introduction to international human rights law. It is concerned with human rights standards as they exist in international law and the international mechanisms for enforcing these standards. The unit will consider a selection of specific human rights, limitations to human rights (e.g. derogation in time of emergency) and some major contemporary international human rights issues.
Upon completion of this unit students should be able to:
- understand and analyse international human rights standards and evaluate mechanisms designed to enforce human rights at the international/regional level;
- explain and critically discuss the content of various human rights, such content being identified, inter alia, by reference to the case law of the UN treaty monitoring committees and regional human rights courts;
- understand and critically evaluate some of the philosophical bases of and problems with international human rights law in light of contemporary human rights issues
- communicate effectively within an international legal setting
- conduct self-directed legal research
Malaysia attendance requirement: Students who fail to attend at least 80% of the classes in this unit (ie who miss 3 or more classes) will receive a result of 0 N for the unit. Students who are unable to meet this requirement due to severe illness or other exceptional circumstances must make an application for in-semester special consideration with supporting documentation.
Research paper (2000 words): 40%
Take-home exam: 60%
Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. The unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.
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