Human Rights and Development - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 1
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 1
  • Assessment: Critique - Media Report Critique (20%) , Essay 1 - Short Essay (30%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit explores development by critiquing dominant models of economic development and exploring the relationship of human rights to development issues and development practice. It also focuses on colonialism and anticolonialist practice; human rights abuses of Indigenous populations in the name of 'development'; Indigenous understandings of human rights and challenges to colonialist development; human rights, development and environmental issues; gender and development; and the role of international financial and trade institutions in development.

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At the completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. describe and critique human rights and development theories
  2. use appropriate technologies to locate and critically appraise relevant human rights and development literature
  3. critically analyse human rights and development issues discussed in the media and literature
  4. critically analyse development projects using a human rights framework.
  • Critique — Media Report Critique (20%)
  • Essay 1 — Short Essay (30%)
  • Essay 2 (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Audio/Visual equipment
  • Broadband access

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into one of the following courses:

Please visit the course details page and read the Requirements tab for more information about eligibility.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to human rights and development
2Basic needs approach to development
3Capability approach to development
4Rights-based approach to development
5Human security approach to development
6Development and the role of international financial and trade institutions
7African perspectives on human rights and development
8Development, human rights and the environment

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Streaming Multimedia
  • Web links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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