DESCRIPTION OF COURSE UNIT


1.

Code

Course unit title

Title of the degree programme

LLL17B000472

International Protection of Human Rights

Elective subject


2.

Name of lecturer(s)

Departament(s)

Coordinator: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Danutė Jočienė

a. o: Dr. Lijana Štarienė

Institute of International and European Union Law


3.

Cycle of course unit

Level of course unit

Type of course unit

I

Not applicable

Optional


4.

Mode of delivery

Year of study and semester when the course unit is delivered

Language of instruction

Face-to-face

1 semester

English


5.

Study requirements

Prerequisites:

Co-requisites:

Work placement(s):

Not applicable

Not applicable

Not applicable


7.

Number of ECTS credits allocated

Student's workload

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours

6

162

50

112


8.

Purpose of the course unit

The course is specifically designed to address the needs and interests of students of international studies, in particular, those engaged in the study of human rights protection. The course introduces the International Bill of Human Rights and is aimed to disclose the main features of regional human rights protection systems with the particular focus on Europe region and the European Convention on Human Rights. Students get aquainted with the rights of various groups. The course encompasses the analysis of the rights of minorities, women, children, refugees and internally displaced persons.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Teaching and learning methods

Assessment methods


9.

Course contens

Topics

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours and tasks

Tasks

Origins and Historical Development of International Human Rights Law

4

2

6

12

Analysis of literature and materials of lectures

The United Nations Human Rights system: International Bill of Human Rights and other Conventions

8

4

12

24

Analysis of literature and materials of lectures

Regional Human Rights Protection Systems, Civil and Political Rights

12

6

18

36

Analysis of literature and materials of lectures

Non-Discrimination Issues under International Law (Rights of National Minorities, Women, Children, etc.)

4

2

6

30

Analysis of literature and materials of lectures

Social, Cultural, Economic Rights

4

2

6

10

Analysis of literature and materials of lectures

Assesment

2

2

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

Overall

32

16

2

50

 

112

 


10.

Assessment strategy

Weighting percentage

Period or date of assessment

Assessment criteria

Tasks performance in seminars

10

During I semester

0.5 point: actively participates in discussions, answers questions, raises problems and questions, provides critical comments; 0 point: hardly participates in discussions or been absent in 1/3 of seminars.

Written paper (Abstract)

15

During I semester

Aspects of research paper that are taken into account: - Structure and length: structure of the research paper is clear and logical, there are all necessary parts (introduction of the topic, goals, tasks, methods, empirical data; enunciation, provision of empirical data analysis and interpretation; conclusions), research paper is of appropriate length (0,25 point); - Analysis and conclusions: comprehensive analysis, reasonable conlusions drawn on the basis of studied empirical data (1.5 point); if analysis is not comprehensive and conclusions not always reasonable – 1 point. No points are granted for superficial analysis. - Scientific style and research: there is provided appropriate list of resources and references; style and used terms comply with the requirements for scientific research paper (0,25 point). In case of failure to provide research paper – 0 points.

Examination

50

During I semester exam session

Final exam consists of two parts. First part of the exam is a closed book multiple choice test with 20 questions. Each answer of the test is 2 points. The maximum number of points for the first part of the exam is 40 points. The second part of the exam consists of 1 hypothetical case and 2 open essay questions. Hypothetical case consists of is 10 points and open essay question – 5 points each. In total, the second part of exam is 20 points and the whole exam equals to maximum 60 points. Evaluation of the exam: 6: Excellent knowledge and skills. 60-50 points 5: Good knowledge and skills. 40-49 points 4: Good enough knowledge and skillls. 30-39 points 3: Knowledge and skills are satisfactory only. There are substantial mistakes. 20-29 points 2: Weak knowledge and skills, only some requirements are met. There are many mistakes. 10-19 points 1: Very weak knowledge and skills, minimum requirements are met. There are many mistakes. 5-9 points 0: Mimimum requirements are not met. 0-4 points

Project (group project)

25

During I semester

Moot court, the following aspects are evaluated: 2 points- relevant case-law of the ECHR is used, all possible violations of the ECHR are detected and good argumentation and presentation is made by the students. 1-partially relevant case-law of the ECHR is used, some of the possibile violations of the ECHR are detected and satisfactory argumentation and presentation of the case is made. 0-not relevant case-law of the ECHR is used, one or none violations are detected and poor argumentation is presented.