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Human Rights Law: On-Demand Online Course

Join our Human Rights Law online course, with Oxford Royale Academy, and broaden your horizons.

Online Human Rights Law Course Introduction

Keen to explore the notion of human rights? On this course you’ll study a subject that mankind has debated since the earliest civilisations, and see how it impacts the UK today. You’ll build confidence in discussing this controversial area, as you acquire knowledge around the legal basis for human rights in Europe. You’ll examine the European Convention for Human Rights and see how its implications impact the United Kingdom. By taking this online course, you’ll be able to study at your own pace, and learn in ways most convenient for you.

Join our Human Rights Law online course, with Oxford Royale Academy, and broaden your horizons.

Human Rights Law

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What's in the Human Rights Law On-Demand Course?

Course Summary

Since the earliest stages of civilisation, mankind has discussed the notion of ‘human rights’ in the sense of fundamental rights that should exist for all people. Ancient Greek philosophers such as Plato and Socrates were among the first to do so, and philosophers and legal practitioners through the ages have continued to discuss and develop our concept of human rights. Today we are accustomed to hearing stories in the news about ‘human rights’, particularly in relation to ‘human rights abuses’ committed at home or abroad, and the notion of ‘human rights’ has taken a more narrow, legal definition, though one which still seeks to preserve general freedoms and values that are conceived as being fundamental to all of us. If you’re aware of the on-going cases involving Julian Assange, Chelsea Manning, or Edward Snowden, then you’re aware of some of the most important human rights legal cases of our time.

But what exactly are our human rights? And what legal foundations are there for us to fall back on when we feel that our human rights have been violated? This course looks at this highly relevant and ever-changing area of law in detail, particularly in relation to the European Convention on Human Rights and how this has been applied in the UK, a very controversial area. We shall examine the European Convention of Human Rights in general and its implications for the UK, as well as focusing on several of the most important rights in detail, such as the Right to Life and the Right to Freedom of Expression. This latter example will highlight a running theme in our discussion: the need for governments to balance protection of the rights of the individual with maintaining national security and prosperity.

Topics Covered

During the course, students will…

  • understand the fundamental principles of Human Rights Law
  • understand what the ECHR is and how it works
  • gain an awareness of some of the key rights in the ECHR, and how they function

By the end of the course, students will be able to…

  • discuss with confidence the legal basis of Human Rights in Europe
  • understand some of the major areas of controversy surrounding Human Rights law today
  • show an awareness of the key legal cases and disputes taking place at the present time

What’s Included?

  • 4 x Interactive Tutorials
  • Online quizzes and exams
  • Access to the course discussion forum
  • Course worksheets and case studies
  • ORA Certificate of completion


Tutorial 1: The European Convention on Human Rights (1 - 1.5 hours)

This tutorial introduces the major documents that will be studied as part of this course: The European Convention on Human Rights, and the Human Rights Act 1998. It provides an overview of what these key documents contain and how they function, both on an individual and national level.

Tutorial 2: Articles 2 & 3 (1 - 1.5 hours)

In this tutorial we begin our in-depth analysis of specific rights, starting with articles 2 & 3 of the ECHR. These protect our right to life and our right to not be subject to torture, inhuman treatment, or degrading treatment respectively. These rights are, perhaps, the most important, but are also some of the most controversial. We examine several areas of controversy in this tutorial.

Tutorial 3: Article 8 (1 - 1.5 hours)

Article 8 protects an individual’s right to a private and family life, and is another of the most important sections of the ECHR. But at what risk to the state should this right be upheld? Are there occasions where it is permitted for the state to breach this right? And what cases are taking place currently in relation to Article 8? This tutorial aims to answer such questions, and more.

Tutorial 4: Articles 9-11 (1 - 1.5 hours)

Our final tutorial looks at three other key rights: the rights for freedom of belief, freedom of expression, and freedom of assembly and association. As with the other rights, we’ll see that the boundary that marks a breach of these rights is by no means clear, and cases continue to be brought forward that affect the way these rights are upheld in the courts.

Key Details

Course Pre-requisites

Advanced level of English
An interest and enthusiasm for history, with particular reference to American history
This course would suit students studying towards A-level History or equivalent.

Course Level

For students applying to university to study history or related subjects



Prior Knowledge

No prior knowledge is required to take this course, just enthusiasm for the subject.




8-10 hours (further independent study is encouraged)

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