International human rights in practice (wykład) - 2019/2020
dr Delaine Swenson prof. KUL
Faculty of Law, Canon Law and Administration - Instytut Nauk Prawnych
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This course is designed to introduce students to contemporary challenges in the area of human rights in the world today.
OBJECTIVES: The course focuses on the general aspects of international protection of human rights, in particular at the worldwide level. A major part of the course is devoted to the practical side of such protection mainly in the aspect of the right to life; the prohibition of torture and inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment, the right to liberty and security of person, the right to a fair trial, the right to respect for private life, family life, home and correspondence, freedom of expression.
COURSE TYPE AND PREREQUISITES: elective course for III, IV, V year students of law, administration, European studies, intermediate level of English.
K_W01 Has a basic knowledge of the place and importance of legal sciences in the system of sciences and relations to other sciences
K _W02 Has basic knowledge about the formation and genesis of legal institutions, main directions of evolution and the most important achievements in the field of political system and legislation. Understands the impact of historically shaped legal institutions on contemporary legal systems
K_W03 Knows and understands legal terminology in the field of particular areas of law
K_U01 Is able to observe and interpret social, economic and legal phenomena, analyzes their relationship with various areas of legal knowledge
K_U02 Is able to use the basic theoretical knowledge in the field of various areas of law in order to analyze and interpret specific legal, economic and social processes and phenomena
K_U03 Has the ability to use legal concepts to understand and analyze legal phenomena
K_U04 Is able to independently acquire knowledge and develop their professional skills, using various sources (in native and foreign languages) in modern technologies (ICT)
K_K01 Is aware of the level of his knowledge and skills, understands the need for education throughout life
K-K02 Is able to work in a team performing different roles (speaker, debater, adviser, critical analyst, effects commentator), knows how to accept and assign tasks, has elementary organizational skills allowing to achieve the assumed goals. He takes responsibility for the tasks entrusted to him
K_K05 Be able to participate in the preparation of social and civic projects, taking into account legal aspects. He is able to predict the multidirectional social effects of his activity
K_K06 Is able to supplement and improve the acquired knowledge and skills
K_K07 Responsibly preparing for his work.
TEACHING TECHNIQUES: Socratic method, brain storm, small groups, cases, discussion, debates.
Course content description
The course is taught in form of seminars where students discuss the different aspects of Human Rights during the debates. The course focuses on two methods: the Oxford debates and moot court trials.
The first method concentrates on Oxford debates on the specific topics selected at the beginning of the course. Students are asked to read the materials on the specific topics provided by the lecturer. Then, selected students present their arguments pro or contra on the chosen topic. The rest of the class is involved in the discussion. The teacher is the moderator of the discussion responsible for the fair process of the debate. As the result of the discussion, students vote on the presented arguments of the topic.
The second method concentrates on the mock trials/hearings in regards to the Human Rights cases actually tried before international courts or tribunals. Students participate in a mock trial where part play roles of attorneys and the judges.
Forms of assessment
Students will be evaluated on classroom participation, involvement in class debates and discussions and in a final class exercise. General class attendance and participation will be 20% of the grade, student individual participation as principle speaker in at least one class debate will be 40% of the grade, and 40% of the grade will be participation in the final class exercise. In each case grading will be based on the quality of preparation, research, presentation and argumentation in each of the described activities.
Required reading list
Materials will be distributed by the professor.
International Human Rights: Dilemmas in World Politics, Donnelly, Avalon Publishing, 2012
Field of study: Law
Course listing in the Schedule of Courses:
Year IV - Semester 8
Number of ECTS credits: 3
Form of assessment: Grade