Minor International Relations & Human Rights Law
Current facets (Pre-Master)
- Broadening minor
Human Rights Law: Foundational principles, basic doctrines, contemporary challenges, including sovereignty, democracy, religion, etc.
International Relations: Traditional and contemporary theories of international relations will be discussed as well as current debates relating to international practices from a human rights perspective, including sovereignty, democracy, international responsibility, etc.
- Understand the history, theories and issues of international relations theories;
- Demonstrate knowledge of the main human rights provisions and ways of their enforcement;
- Understand the role of interpretation principles characteristic of human rights;
- Articulate an informed view about current debates on human rights enforcement in international relations.
- Analyze and present a case on one of these issues
Afternoon lectures and whole day study visits.
There are two sessions scheduled for each week. There will be eight 3-hour in-class sessions in the nine (9) weeks. Each session will have its own required readings (which have to be read prior to the class). There will be three sessions of visits to The Hague and one 3 hour-session of written exam.
The meetings will be in the form of seminars. They will include interactive lectures, simulations and case studies.
This minor will consist of mixed-method teachings where participatory lectures, cases, simulations and presentations will be a part of the curriculum.
In addition site visits are anticipated to key institutions, such as the International Criminal Court, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Organisation for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), so as to enable the students to witness the practical application of the principles studied.
Books, articles and smart board.
Method of examination
Research, presentations and short essays
Composition final grade
Professional behaviour (10%)
Assignment I (Human Rights Law) (30%)
Assignment II (International Relations) (20%)
Combined Written Examination (40%)
- Correctness of (legal) argumentation
- Engaging with prescribed literature and sources
- Structure, style and persuasiveness of essay
- Broadening minor
- Erasmus University College
- Studiepunten (ECTS)
- Campus Woudestein, Rotterdam