Embedding Research in the Human Rights Law Curriculum: Reflections on the Teaching–Research Link in Higher Education

Smith, Rhona (2013) Embedding Research in the Human Rights Law Curriculum: Reflections on the Teaching–Research Link in Higher Education. Journal of Human Rights Practice, 5 (2). pp. 337-357. ISSN 1757-9619

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jhuman/hut009

Abstract

Human rights education is about more than simply conveying knowledge; rather it follows the head–heart–hands (or sometimes feet) model with the role of education being to ensure understanding and knowledge (head), change of attitude (heart), and the development of the skills to do something with the knowledge (hands/feet). In the higher education sector, this presents some challenges, and requires alteration to more traditional models of teaching and learning. This article compares student expectations and results in two broadly comparable courses – one in the United Kingdom (UK) and the other in China. Both courses were heavily skills-based, seeking to ensure that students achieved sustainable knowledge and developed the capacity to undertake human rights research on any country. As the results indicate, most students professed ignorance about the United Nations (UN) system and international human rights prior to the start of the course, yet achieved a fast learning curve of knowledge and skills. It is to be hoped that such a module makes a real contribution towards the goals of the World Programme for Human Rights Education.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: China, higher education, human rights education, research skills, United Kingdom
Subjects: M100 Law by area
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: Rhona Smith
Date Deposited: 29 Jul 2013 11:05
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 10:57
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/13292

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