Checking date: 24/04/2023

Course: 2023/2024

Human Rights
Bachelor in History and Politics (Plan: 394 - Estudio: 352)


Department assigned to the subject: International Law, Ecclesiastical Law and Philosophy of Law Department

Type: Electives
ECTS Credits: 6.0 ECTS


Requirements (Subjects that are assumed to be known)
Development and Theory of the State History and Theory of Political Ideas Comparative Historical Constitutionalism
. Understanding of the main critical theories of Human Rights. · Taking conscience of the role of Human Rights in democratic societies. · Ability to detect the principal problems of guaranteeing Human Rights in different cultural contexts. · Ability to adopt a position regarding the concept of Human Rights and their function in the constitutional order. · Ability to solve legal problems from the perspective of Human Rights. · Essential knowledge about the issues of justice of law, the legitimacy of power and rights-based theories.
Skills and learning outcomes
Description of contents: programme
1. Conceptual Approach 2. Historical Approach 3. Human Dignity 4. Human Rights, Sovereignty and Democracy 5. Protection of Human Rights 6. Civil and Political Rights 7. Economic, Social and Cultural Rights 8. Human Rights Challenges: Human Rights and Groups in Situation of Vulnerability, Violence and Torture and Inhuman Treatment. Genocide and the International Criminal Law
Learning activities and methodology
AF1. THEORETICAL-PRACTICAL CLASSES. The knowledge to be acquired will be presented and basic reference texts will be provided to facilitate the monitoring of the classes and the development of the subsequent work. Exercises, practices and problems will be solved and workshops and evaluation tests will be held to acquire the necessary skills. AF2. OFFICE HOURS.Orientation to prepare the exercises, cases and problems of the theoretical-practical classes AF3. INDIVIDUAL OR GROUP STUDENT WORK. MD1 THEORY CLASS. Explanation of the topics with support of computer and audiovisual media. Materials and bibliography are provided to complement student learning. MD2. PRACTICES. Resolution of practical cases, problems, etc. individually or in groups. MD3. OFFICE HOURS. Orientation for the follow-up of the lessons and the preparation of the final exam
Assessment System
  • % end-of-term-examination 40
  • % of continuous assessment (assigments, laboratory, practicals...) 60
Calendar of Continuous assessment
Basic Bibliography
  • ASÍS, R. and ANSUÁTEGUI, F.J. (eds.), . Essays on Human Rights. Thomsom . 2015
  • FREEMAN, M.. Human Rights. Polity. 3rd edition 2017
  • GÓMEZ ISA, F., and DE FEITER, K. (eds.),. International Protection of Human Rights: Achievements and Challenges. University of Deusto. 2006, available at
  • ISHAY, M.R.,. The History of Human Rights form Ancient Times to Globalization Era. University of California Press. 2004
  • WALDRON, J. (ed.),. Theories of Rights,. Oxford University Press. 1984

The course syllabus may change due academic events or other reasons.