Human Rights Instruments and Institutions - 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 2017: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2018: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Short Essay (30%) , Assignment 2 - Simulation Exercise (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,200.00
International 2,450.00

This unit explores and critiques the international human rights system and national human rights framework. In particular it will investigate the role of the United Nations, international law and national law in defining, protecting and upholding human rights. Topics covered include human rights treaties, conventions and declarations; the recognition of Indigenous rights, racial and ethnic minority rights, women's rights and rights of other groups; the investigation and reporting of human rights abuses; tribunals and truth commissions; and the role of non-government organisations.

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

  1. apply the international human rights system and national human rights framework to promote human rights
  2. describe and critique the human rights framework including the role of non-government organisations in promoting and protecting human rights
  3. use appropriate technologies to locate and critically appraise relevant human rights literature
  4. analyse and communicate the role of the international human rights system and national human rights framework in defining and promoting human rights.
  • Assignment 1 — Short Essay (30%)
  • Assignment 2 — Simulation Exercise (20%)
  • Assignment 3 — Final Essay (50%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

  • Audio/Visual equipment

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 international human rights law
2Overview of the United Nations
3Major human rights treaties and conventions
4Treaty-based bodies - reporting and complaint mechanisms
5Human rights law in Australia
6Domestic application of human rights treaties
7Charter-based bodies - Human Rights Council and special procedures
8Universal Periodic Review
9Role of non-government organisations within the human rights legal framework
10International Criminal Court and ad-hoc tribunals

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.

Textbooks are subject to change within the academic year. Students are advised to purchase their books no earlier than one to two months before the start of a unit.

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Required textbooks

  • International Law of Human Rights

    By:McBeth, Adam

    ISBN: 9780190304249


    Supplier:Go to The Co-op Bookshop

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