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School of Economics and Political Science
Course unit
EPP8084027, A.A. 2019/20

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2019/20

Information on the course unit
Degree course Second cycle degree in
EP1980, Degree course structure A.Y. 2013/14, A.Y. 2019/20
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination HUMAN RIGHTS PRACTICE
Department of reference Department of Political Science, Law, and International Studies
E-Learning website
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit is available ONLY for students enrolled in HUMAN RIGHTS AND MULTI-LEVEL GOVERNANCE

Teacher in charge SARA PENNICINO IUS/21

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Educational activities in elective or integrative disciplines IUS/21 Comparative Public Law 6.0

Course unit organization
Period First semester
Year 1st Year
Teaching method frontal

Type of hours Credits Teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Lecture 6.0 45 105.0 No turn

Start of activities 23/09/2019
End of activities 18/01/2020
Show course schedule 2019/20 Reg.2013 course timetable

Examination board
Examination board not defined

Target skills and knowledge: The course is professionally oriented and designed to provide participants with:
a) the foundational knowledge,
b) critical perspectives
c) practical skills
to advance human rights around the globe.

By attending this course, students will:
a) familiarize with general principles common to the different types of human rights practice
b) develop marketable skills for the practice and application of human rights
Examination methods: The Exam will consist of three open questions.
Questions will be oriented to problem solving. In other words students will be asked to solve exercises and discuss case studies.

Attendance is not mandatory, however it is highly recommended due do the nature of the course. It goes without saying that class exercises and case studies will provide students with an advantage in solving the exam's questions.
Attending and non attending students will sit the same exam, based on the reading material and videos available on moodle.
In addition to the study material and videos available on moodle, a textbook (see below) is listed below to help students (attending and not) in preparing the exam.
Assessment criteria: The exam aims at assessing:
the student's familiarity with the fundamental concepts covered in class and in the reading material
the student's ability to apply theoretical concepts to real life scenarios thus critically analyzing different case studies and proposing principled practical solutions
Course unit contents: The course will tackle the general issue of human rights practice in various areas. Professionals involved in human rights protection will complement lectures delivered by the main instructor and will offer students with personal experiences and practice oriented information. Themes that will be tackled are:
- English legal writing for Human Rights Defenders
- Writing a Report
- Human rights monitoring
- IHL and peacekeeping operations
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: By combining traditional lectures and class exercises, the course aims at exposing students to the reality of human rights practice.
The unique perspective offered by Human rights practicioners and the extended use of case studies, class assignments, strong interaction between instructors and students will be guaranteed by an advanced use of the e-learning platform, use of videos and other media.
Moreover, professionals involved as guest speakers, will share personal experiences and answer students' questions regarding human rights work in the field.
Additional notes about suggested reading: Reading material, assignments and class exercises will be shared via moodle in due time via moodle.
In addition to the study material and videos available on moodle, a textbook (see below) is listed below to help students (attending and non) in preparing the exam.
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Bantekas, Ilias /Oette, Lutz, International Human Rights Law and Practice. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016. Cerca nel catalogo

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Peer assessment
  • Loading of files and pages (web pages, Moodle, ...)

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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