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In this course, students will gain a deeper understanding of civil liberties through the examination, discussion, and criticism of a variety of assigned readings. Students are introduced to the course by considering the historical and theoretical foundations of civil liberties globally. It is important to place civil liberties in the appropriate political context. Accordingly, non-legal sources, such as newspaper articles and parliamentary debates, will be considered alongside traditional legal texts. Issues addressed include the relationship between the individual and the state, the reconciliation of competing rights and interests, and tensions between international human rights bodies and domestic institutions.
Any aspect of this module may be changed in any given academic year, subject to the discretion of the module lecturer.