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PY4652   The Philosophy of Human Rights

Academic year(s): 2018-2019

Key information

SCOTCAT credits : 30

ECTS credits : 15

Level : SCQF level 10

Semester: 1

Availability restrictions: Not automatically available to General Degree students

Planned timetable: To be arranged.

We will explore cutting-edge research on the nature, content, and justification of human rights. We begin by examining the origins of human rights and the implications this has for the philosophical understanding thereof (focusing in particular on anti-slavery courts and on the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights). We explore current debates by political philosophers and international legal theorists over how we should properly conceive of human rights, the relationship between their status as moral and legal norms, and the nature of human dignity, to which the major human rights declarations appeal. The module also examines the significance of the fact that human rights are rights, as well as considering critical perspectives on the human rights movement.

Learning and teaching methods and delivery

Weekly contact: 2-hour lecture, 1 hour seminar, 1 office hour

Scheduled learning hours: 44

Guided independent study hours: 259

Assessment pattern

As used by St Andrews: Coursework = 100%

As defined by QAA
Written examinations : 0%
Practical examinations : 0%
Coursework: 100%

Re-assessment: Coursework = 100%


Module teaching staff: Dr E Ashford, Dr A Etinson