Module A: Is the theory underlying human rights law male?
- Introduction to Human Rights, what is Human Rights law?
- Analysis of the history and philosophy of Human Rights discourse.
- Who is included in the “human” of Human Rights?
Module B: Feminist critiques of human rights
- Feminist theories and critiques of Human Rights law.
- The problems and/or virtues of Human Rights law for women on a global scale.
- Feminist reconstructions of Human Rights, aiming to ensure the inclusion of women.
Module C: Institutional framework, institutions and documents relating to the human rights of women
- Examination of Human Rights documents and their institutional framework, including: the UN Charter, the “three Generations of Rights”, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women; the Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women.
- International Courts, human rights and humanitarian law.
Module D: Sovereign governments, non-state actors and individual responsibility for human rights violations: linking theory to practice
- Consideration of the work of non-governmental organisations set up for/by women.
- Interrelationship between sovereign governments, non-state actors and a developing international jurisprudence on Human Rights law investigating how these impact on the lives of women.
- Case studies on sexual violence and rape including the International War Crimes Tribunals at The Hague.
- Reconnecting feminist legal theory to the Human Rights of women.
Each module is assessed by a 45-minute unseen written exam.
Students are advised to attempt the modules in order but students may, if they wish, attempt modules in the following order: module C, module A, module B and module D or module C, module D, module A and module B.
How to apply
You can apply to study a module individually as a standalone unit or as part of a Postgraduate Certificate, Postgraduate Diploma or Master of Laws qualification. (In either scenario, they must be studied in order.)
These modules also contribute towards the following specialist pathways for Laws:
- Family Law
- Human Rights Law
- Law and Development
- Legal Theory and History
- Public International Law
- Public Law
Apply via Postgraduate Laws.