Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM145: Dignity, Democracy and the Law

This module descriptor refers to the 2021/2 academic year.


NQF Level7
Credits15 ECTS Value7.5
Term(s) and duration

This module will run during term 1 (11 weeks)

Academic staff

Dr Catherine Dupre (Convenor)





Available via distance learning


Arising out of some of the darkest periods of history and experiences of dehumanisation, human dignity has become a rallying cry of resistance to oppression and the hallmark of democracy in Europe since 1945. This module provides you with a multi-layered study of these two complex concepts and their interconnections, essential for understanding social and political developments today. The module focusses on Europe, specifically the Council of Europe and the European Union, as this is the region in which human dignity was first developed and has significantly shaped human rights law and democracy. This module will enable you to develop a unique knowledge combining foundational legal texts and theories with the latest international scholarship. The summative assessment is designed to give you the opportunity to develop your key critical thinking and writing skills, as well as to encourage you to start taking part in the wider scholarly discussions.

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