Undergraduate Module Descriptor


LAW3137: Lethal Force, the ECHR and Democracy

This module descriptor refers to the 2017/8 academic year.

Module Aims

The aim of the module is to introduce you to the deeper dimensions of human rights law in relation to the specific area of State killing under Article 2, ECHR. The module aims to give you the necessary legal, theoretical and contextual background in order to analyse effectively the rationales, application and limits of human rights law in this area, as well as their significance for European democracy. This is relevant for both academic purposes and your ability to engage critically with law in context, which is significant for legal practice and other employment-related applications.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

This module's assessment will evaluate your achievement of the ILOs listed here - you will see reference to these ILO numbers in the details of the assessment for this module.

On successfully completing the programme you will be able to:
Module-Specific Skills1. demonstrate detailed knowledge of the ECHR and related case law on the topics covered on the module, together with a substantial range of major concepts, values and principles relevant to their application;
2. demonstrate detailed knowledge of a wide range of social, political and contextual implications of the issues studied;
3. demonstrate critical awareness of key elements of related procedural matters;
Discipline-Specific Skills4. demonstrate ability to integrate and assess relevant information from primary and secondary legal sources using appropriate interpretative techniques;
5. demonstrate detailed knowledge and understanding of the methods and rationales for studying human rights law in context, as well as their limits;
Personal and Key Skills6. demonstrate ability to manage relevant resources and information effectively, and to develop your own arguments and opinions with minimum guidance;
7. demonstrate ability to communicate and engage in debate effectively and accurately, orally and in writing, in a manner appropriate to the discipline; and
8. demonstrate ability to work independently and to manage time well in preparing for scheduled learning activities, and to complete specific tasks, exercises and assessments within a limited time frame.