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SS2858: Human Rights and Social Justice

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 20, Max 40.
Pre-requisite(s): None.
Co-requisite(s): None.
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 1 x 3hr(s) Workshops (Year Two introduction workshop); 1 x 7hr(s) Other (day session); 3 x 3hr(s) Lectures; 2 x 2hr(s) Tutorials (plus 80 hours self-directed learning)
Module Co-ordinator:
Lecturer(s): Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: Students will have knowledge of alternative conceptions of human rights and social justice and how these shape public policy and international law.
Module Content: The historical development of key philosophical conceptions of human rights and social justice and the effect of these conceptions on contemporary public policy; international human rights institutions and human rights law; the continuing prevalence of discrimination and injustice.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • State personal perspectives on the meaning and significance of human rights and social justice.
  • Describe alternative theoretical understandings of human rights and social justice, including the position that human rights are universal.
  • Identify the philosophical bases of human rights and social justice.
  • Explain alternative conceptions of citizenship and associated conceptions of the rights and responsibilities of citizens.
  • Identify key features of 'rights-based' approaches to national public policy and international development.
  • Distinguish 'social inclusion' and 'redistributive' approaches to the promotion of social justice in Ireland.
  • Name the nine grounds of discrimination encompassed in Irish equality legislation.
  • Describe the functions of human rights institutions at national and international levels.
  • Provide informed commentary on the extent to which these institutions have succeeded in securing human rights and social justice.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 2,000 word essay).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 20% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Director, Centre for Adult Continuing Education).

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