Brighton, United Kingdom

Human Rights Law

when 27 June 2022 - 15 July 2022
language English
duration 3 weeks
credits 15 EC
fee GBP 2420

This module explores how rights are protected within different human rights systems at a regional and international level. Contemporary human rights issues (e.g. religious dress, minority and indigenous rights and LGBT rights) and current challenges facing the human rights community are considered; focusing on the interpretation of rights in contemporary issues, the effectiveness of mechanisms and whether rights are universal. You will focus in particular on the core UN human rights treaties and the role of regional human rights courts such as the European Court of Human Rights.

You will consider key critiques such as feminism and cultural relativism, and with this theoretical knowledge you will demonstrate the ability to develop arguments, and critically understand and engage with contemporary challenges and debates within the field of human rights law. This module will interest those with a background in Law, International Relations, and Global and Development studies.

This module benefits from teaching and research expertise through the Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research; a recognised centre of excellence in human rights research. The School of Law, Politics and Sociology is ranked 23rd in the UK for Law in the Guardian University League Table 2018.

Course aim

- Evidence a coherent and detailed knowledge of major human rights institutions and frameworks

- Critically understand the protection of rights within these institutions and frameworks and the implications of this for the universality of rights

- Critically understand and engage with contemporary challenges and debates within the field of human rights law

- Demonstrate the ability to develop arguments.

Credits info

15 EC
All our modules have been formally approved for 15 Sussex credits; equivalent to 7.5 ECTS or 3-4 US credits. This means that your study at Sussex over the summer can count towards your degree.

Sussex modules are accepted for transfer credit towards degrees at most colleges and universities. But policies and degree requirements vary, so you should obtain approval for transfer of module credit before you apply.

Please consult with your study abroad advisor before choosing your modules to ensure you are able to transfer any credit you need.

Fee info

GBP 2420: The full cost of one 3-week Undergraduate Summer School session will be £2420. If you wish to study for both sessions then you can do so.

This is made up of:

Tuition fees of £1655 per session include:

- All teaching and assessment for one module of study. Where field trips or course excursions are required then the cost of this is included in the tuition fee, however travel costs may be required
- A minimum of 150 study hours, with a minimum of 40 hours class/teaching contact hours
- Modules formally approved for 15 Sussex credits, equivalent to 7.5 ECTS or 3 – 4 US credits
- A transcript of studies upon successful completion of the module (including meeting all attendance and assessment requirements).

The accommodation and campus programme fee of £765 per session include:

- Your own bedroom in on-campus East Slope student village. These are a mixture of en-suite flats and standard flats with shared facilities
- Bedding pack of duvet and duvet cover, sheet, towel, pillow and pillowcase
- Programme of free campus social events and activities throughout each session. Excursions and social programme trips will be provided on Fridays and weekends.


If you are applying from one of our partner institutions, you will be entitled to a reduction in tuition fees. Please contact your study abroad office or for more information.