Undergraduate Module Descriptor

LAW3009: Critical Issues in Human Dignity and Law

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

Module Content

Syllabus Plan

Note: the syllabus will vary slightly every year to reflect the latest developments in the international discussions on dignity.

1. Introduction to the concept of human dignity - Identifications of legal fields and key issues - Contextual location in time and places - Academic responses to the increasing uses of dignity in law

2. Discussion of key examples of legal uses of dignity (indicative list only) - Introduction: identification of issues and apparent paradoxes - Selected issues:

Human dignity and equality - Human dignity and autonomy - Dignity and life - Dignity and welfare - Dignity and integrity - Dignity and work - Dignity and time

3. Critical assessment of uses of dignity as a legal concept - Awareness of scholarly motives, background and wider agenda - Implication of methodological choices on scholarly analysis - Proposing a definition of human dignity: method and substance

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 Activities2412 x 2 hour lectures
Scheduled Learning and Teaching Activities33 x One hour workshop
Guided independent study48Study group for lecture preparation and work
Guided independent study18Workshop Preparation
Guided independent study57Independent reading and research

Online Resources

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