Equality and Human Rights SOCIO5010

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: School of Social and Political Sciences
  • Credits: 20
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes

Short Description

This course will examine the theoretical and empirical basis of the social context of equality and human rights. It aims to:

- examine and expose students to the key debates and theories in equality and human rights;

- provide students with an appreciation of how these debates impact on our understanding of equality and human rights and examine the possibilities and limits therein;

- explore the notion of equality and human rights and examine the extent to which this has impacted on social theory, social policy and practice;

- enable students to acquire an initial expertise in aspects of equality and human rights as a foundation for both a professional and research career in the area;

Timetable

One hour lecture and one hour seminar per week

Requirements of Entry

The normal qualification for admission to study for a higher degree by research or course work is a degree with at least upper second class honours in a relevant subject or a combination of subjects. In special circumstances, other academic or professional qualifications may be recognised as equivalent, depending on the discretion of the Head of Department.

Course Aims

This course will examine the theoretical and empirical basis of the social context of equality and human rights. It aims to:

- examine and expose students to the key debates and theories in equality and human rights;

- provide students with an appreciation of how these debates impact on our understanding of equality and human rights and examine the possibilities and limits therein;

- explore the notion of equality and human rights and examine the extent to which this has impacted on social theory, social policy and practice;

- enable students to acquire an initial expertise in aspects of equality and human rights as a foundation for both a professional and research career in the area;

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:By the end of the course students should be able to:

- identify and discuss the major theoretical approaches and concepts in equality and human rights;

- show an awareness of the inequalities experienced by people and their impact in selected areas of social life;

- engage critically in debate on policy responses to the inequality problem;

- demonstrate their undertanding of the intersection of forms of social inequality;

- assess critically debates in contemporary theoretical, empirical and policy oriented literture.