SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 30.00
ECTS Credit Points 15.00
Module Code MML324146
Module Leader Lani Russell
School School for Work Based Education
Subject SCWBE
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

The overall aim of this module will be to introduce and explore notions of human rights and citizenship in an international and local context. Contemporary migratory patterns, involving the global movement of people, knowledge and capital exacerbate diversity and problematise traditional notions of equality. Political and economic instability in many regions and nations across the world have worked to negate the optimism surrounding idealised visions of a more integrated harmonious world. As a consequence, the nature and locus of human rights has become more complex.


The material for the course will be delivered in 3 standalone but inter-related and complementary blocks. 20 hours of facilitated learning (including podcasts, videocasts, video-conferencing, moderated online discussions) will be included per each block. Block 1 (20 hours) Following a basic introduction to the course and the main thematic areas, students will cover: Human Rights as a Concept and Discourse The Concepts of Citizenship(s) Culture(s): Definitions and Understandings Understanding Community(ies): Local, National, Global and Virtual Globalisation and Migration Block 2 This section builds on the material delivered in Block 1 to introduce students to key areas of social stratification and identity politics that may impinge on individuals' or groups' ability to make claims to rights and citizenship in varying contexts. This further contextualises the relationship between identity, social situation/location, human rights and citizenship, and will include: Gender and Sexuality Ethnicity and Migration Status Religion (Dis)ability Age Block 3 The material delivered in this final substantive block will focus on challenges for both association with globalisation and migration in relation to citizenship and human rights. It will also consider this relationship in local, national and global contexts, and at individual community and societal levels. It will include: Poverty and Inequality Refugees and Asylum Seekers Crime Violence and Abuse Climate Change Conclusion: Module Summary and Review: The module will conclude with a theoretical and conceptual overview of the material presented throughout the course highlighting thematic areas and key strands to consolidate learning outcomes and support summative assessment.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module students should be able to:Critically reflect upon the ways in which globalisation impacts upon understandings of 'culture', 'community' and 'citizenship' and 'human rights'.Demonstrate extensive, detailed and critical knowledge and understanding of the complexity surrounding theoretical and practical aspects of equality and diversity in local, national, global and virtual contexts.Apply skills of analysis, evaluation and synthesis in developing critical awareness of the relationship between globalisation, migration and human rights and contemporary manifestations of citizenship.Develop original and creative responses to problems and issues in significant areas of social life.Demonstrate originality or creativity in the application of knowledge and understanding of research methodology to issues concerning human rights and citizenship.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Learning, teaching and assessment will be underpinned by a work based blended learning strategy that emphasises the ability to apply learning incrementally in a real time context. Student engagement will be facilitated by an online lecture programme delivered via GCU Learn using video, podcast and text based sources. As this area of study has developed substantively in recent years, lecture material will be supplemented by additional audio-visual and text-based material from relevant organisations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, the Scottish Human Rights Commission, the Coalition for Racial Equality and Rights and other local organisations. The lecture programme will be supplemented by directed reading that will be used to inform on-line seminar discussions, contextualised formative individual and group learning and final assessment. Virtual student engagement will be encouraged by an incremental approach to negotiated assessment; while group cohesion and encouraging the formation of communities of learning and practice will be consolidated via activities such as role play, workshops and both student-led and staff-led exercises during face-to-face module sessions. Both virtual and face-to-face sessions will also be designed to facilitate effective peer support for learning and practice. Summative assessment, based upon a portfolio of continuous assessment will encourage consolidation of introductory research skills and the ability to apply knowledge of basic concepts and theories in practice.

Indicative Reading

*Where possible, e-books will be supplied. If not possible, relevant chapters will be digitised using GCU scanning service and made available for downloading via GCU Learn. Aas, K.F. (2007) Globalisation & Crime, London: Sage [ebook]. Andersson, Reuben (2014) Illegality Inc: Clandestine Migration and the Business of Bordering Europe. University of California Press. Bauman, Z. (1998) Globalization - The Human Consequences, Cambridge: Polity Press. Cohen, R. and Kennedy, P. (2007) Global Sociology. (2nd edition), NY: Palgrave Guillaume, X. and Huysmans, J. (eds) (2013) Citzenship and Security: The Constitution of Political Being. Abingdon: Routledge. Lister, R. (2003) Citizenship: Feminist Perspective (2nd edition), London: Palgrave Macmillan Marfleet, P. (2006) Refugees in a Global Era. Palgrave Macmillan Joppke, C. (2010) Citizenship and Immigration, Cambridge: Polity Press. Modood, T. (2007) Multiculturalism, Cambridge: Polity Press Schirato, T. and Webb, J. (2003) Understanding Globalisation, London: Sage

Transferrable Skills

Ability to work independently and in groups Time management IT literacy Information retrieval and bibliographical skills Equality and diversity awareness Ability to apply learning in practice The ability to debate and discuss sensitive issues with confidence An ability to critique moral and ethical dilemmas surrounding this area of study and an appreciation of their implications for human and civic rights

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Assessment (PT) 40.00
Practicals (PT) 12.00
Independent Learning (PT) 224.00
Lectures (PT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 2 n/a 60.00 45% Portfolio (3000 words)
Coursework 1 n/a 40.00 45% Negotiated report (2500)