DESCRIPTION OF COURSE UNIT


1.

Code

Course unit title

Title of the degree programme

LLL17B000602

Philosophy of Basic Human Rights in EU

Elective subject


2.

Name of lecturer(s)

Departament(s)

Coordinator: Prof. Dr. Saulius Arlauskas (saularl@mruni.eu)

a. o: Prof. Dr. Saulius Arlauskas

Department of Philosophy of Law and Legal History


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

2 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

34

128


8.

Purpose of the course unit

The general aim of the course is to provide a student an understanding of philosophical concept of human rights to be used in the legal reasoning, to give a student the method for recognition of values dimension and values conflicts in human rights jurisprudence. 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.

Learning outcomes of the course unit

Teaching and learning methods

Assessment methods

Understand the relationship between philosophical law approaches and human rights doctrine

Analysis of literature and materials of lectures; Brainstorming and discussions

• Assessment of activeness of a student during practice session Assessment of exam task

Be able to identify problematic issues concerning the implementation philosophical insights in the human rights issues

Analysis of literature and materials of lectures; Brainstorming and discussions

• Assessment of activeness of a student during practice session Assessment of exam task

Be able to map the development of human rights law

Analysis of literature and materials of lectures; Brainstorming and discussions

• Assessment of activeness of a student during practice session Assessment of exam task

Be able to solve practical tasks related to the implementation of the rights established in ECHR

Analysis of literature and materials of lectures; Case studies

• Assessment of activeness of a student during practice session Assessment of exam task


9.

Course contens

Topics

Contact work hours and planned learning activities

Independent work hours and tasks

Tasks

Thomas Aquinas
Treatice on Law: basic human rights philosophical grounds

2

2

4

20

Analysis of literature and materials of lectures

I. Kant: Critical Morality of Reason as
Source of Human Rights
Right to Freedom of Conscience, Freedom of Religious Faith, Freedom of Speech

4

4

8

20

Analysis of literature and materials of lectures

Legal Positivism and Procedural Law Approach.
Basic Procedural Rights

4

4

8

28

Analysis of literature and materials of lectures

Conventional Morality and Virtue Jurisprudence
Hierachy and System of Basic Human Rights

2

2

4

30

Analysis of literature and materials of lectures

J. Habermas: On the Way to Liberal Eugenic
Basic Rights of Human’s Embrio

2

2

4

10

Analysis of literature and materials of lectures

Making of Report

2

2

4

20

Analysis of literature and materials of lectures

Assessment

2

2

Exam task

Overall

16

16

2

34

 

128

 


10.

Assessment strategy

Weighting percentage

Period or date of assessment

Assessment criteria

Tasks performance in seminars

50

During semester

2-3 points: a student is actively involved into debates, answers difficult questions, raises relevant problems and provides critical comments; 1-2 points: a student participates in the seminars and lectures, discussions and is able to answer questions; 0-1 points: a student participates in the seminars and lectures and is able to answer questions; 0 points: a student almost does not participate in a discussion or does not participate in more than 1/3 practice sessions

Examination

50

During exam session

During the exam students deal with the practical task that comprises the practical situation. Assessing the answers one should take into account the level of theoretical knowledge, the ability to apply theoretical knowledge in practical situation, student’s ability to ground his position and the relevance of the sources chosen to substantiate the position.