Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM063: Human Dignity and Human Rights in the EU

This module descriptor refers to the 2018/9 academic year.

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

The syllabus below indicates the key themes and issues discussed in this module.  It will vary slightly every year to reflect the latest developments in positive law and scholarly discussion on dignity and human rights in the EU.

  • Human rights in the EU: Antagonism or synergy?
  • Locating human dignity and human rights
  • Human dignity as a foundation of  human rights in the EU
  • Protecting human rights and human dignity
  • Interpreting human rights and human dignity
  • Taking a critical view of dignity as a foundation
  • Human rights and dignity without Europe
  • The EU without human rights and dignity

Learning and Teaching

This table provides an overview of how your hours of study for this module are allocated:

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

...and this table provides a more detailed breakdown of the hours allocated to various study activities:

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities33Two weekly 1h 30 min interactive workshops,. The first workshops will be led by the lecturer and students are expected to become gradually more involved in defining the workshops’ focus and in leading them.
Guided independent study505 hours per week over 10 weeks for workshop preparation
Guided independent study6767 hours for reflection, research, and writing the formative essay outline and summative essay

Online Resources

This module has online resources available via ELE (the Exeter Learning Environment).

ECJ case law:

ECHR case law:

Venice Commission:


Other Learning Resources

Cambridge Law Journal

Oxford Journal of Legal Studies

Columbia Journal of European Law

International Journal of Constitutional Law

European Constitutional Law Review

Public Law

German Law Journal