LAW4667 - Human dignity in comparative perspective - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.



Not offered in 2017


The unit will begin with a philosophical overview of the concept of human dignity and then enter into a historical examination of why human dignity has emerged as an important constitutional principle in international law and some jurisdictions. International and national experiences with human dignity as a constitutional and/or human rights principle will be critically examined. Particular attention will be paid to the role of human dignity in the so-called Arab Spring and its aftermath.


At the successful completion of this Unit, students will be able to:

  • Identify and critically analyse various theories and approaches to human dignity;
  • Identify and critically analyse the ways in which human dignity is codified and adopted in legal decision-making in select jurisdictions;
  • Communicate effectively and persuasively, including in articulating the relationship between human dignity as a legal concept and social, political and economic forces that impact upon the ways in which human dignity is understood and adopted in a given jurisdiction;
  • Provide and make use of feedback to assess their own capabilities and performance and to support personal and professional development.


  1. Class participation (20%) A full explanation of how class participation will be assessed will be provided in the unit guide
  2. Reflective essay (1500 words) (20%)
  3. Research paper (4500 words) (60%)

Workload requirements

Students are required to attend 36 hours of lectures over the duration of this semi-intensive unit.

The unit timetable link below is not applicable to this unit.

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Chief examiner(s)


For students in the LLB course:

LAW1100 or LAW1101 and LAW1102 or LAW1104

For students in the LLB Hons course:

LAW1111, LAW1112, LAW1113, LAW1114, LAW2101, LAW2102, LAW2111 and LAW2112


For students in the LLB Hons course:

LAW3111 and LAW3112