Postgraduate Module Descriptor

LAWM146: Dignity, Democracy and the Law

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Whilst the precise content may vary from year to year, it is envisaged that the syllabus will cover all or some of the following topics:

  • Human dignity and democracy: a global phenomenon
  • Philosophical roots
  • Human dignity and human rights after 1945
  • Human dignity and democracy (Council of Europe)
  • Human dignity and civilisation (ECHR)
  • Human dignity as first foundational value of the EU (Treaty of Lisbon)
  • Human dignity under the EU Charter (Treaty of Lisbon)
  • Dignity democracy: key theories and core issues
  • The role of law in promoting dignity democracy

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 Activities3322 x 1.5 hour interactive workshops (two per week). Initially, the lecturer will lead workshops, with students expected to become gradually more involved in defining the workshops’ focus and in leading them.
Guided independent study150Workshop preparation
Guided independent study117Reflection, research, and the preparation of formative and summative assessments.

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

  • Primary legal materials (e.g. treaties, constitutions, case law etc. ….) as available on official websites
  • Relevant and authoritative blog posts
  • Selected video clips/podcasts as available on YouTube, media webpages, and official organisations.