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EN981 - Writing about Human Rights & Injustice

  • Module code: EN981
  • Module name: Writing about Human Rights & Injustice
  • Department: English and Comparative Literary Studies
  • Credit: 20, 30, 36, 45

Content and teaching | Assessment | Availability

Module content and teaching

Principal aims

The module has been devised to draw on a growing inter-disciplinary relationship between the English and Law Departments. Recognising that there exists significant expertise in both departments in relation to the academic analysis of human rights related writing (from journalism to legal judgments) and the production of writing in this subject, the module intends to provide students with a unique opportunity to study the writing of human rights through a double prism: writing and law. The main aim of this module therefore is: to study the ethical and practical elements of writing about human rights or social injustice in varying contexts/media. The module will provide an academic basis for critiquing different forms of writing (fiction, non-fiction, legal etc) and exploring ways in which they can be produced. The key element of the module will be experiential in that students will be required to focus on the development of their own writing skills.

Principal learning outcomes

By the end of the module the student should be able to practise and evaluate writing about human rights and their abuse on the basis of a knowledge both of important aspects of their development and of practical issues which relate to it; communicate sophisticatedly on matters relevvant to the topic, both orally and in writing.

Timetabled teaching activities

2 hour weekly seminars

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Module assessment

Assessment group Assessment name Percentage
20 CATS (Module code: EN981-20)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%
30 CATS (Module code: EN981-30)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%
36 CATS (Module code: EN981-36)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%
45 CATS (Module code: EN981-45)
A (Assessed work only) Assessed Course Work 100%

Module availability

This module is available on the following courses:



Optional Core


  • in World Literature (Q2PE) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught English Literature (Q3P1) - Year 2
  • MA in Writing (Q3P7) - Year 2
  • Postgraduate Taught Philosophy and Literature (V7P7) - Year 2