Master of Human Rights - 2017

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Course summary - 2017

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Masters Degree
Number of units: 10 units to complete

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The Human Rights course is designed to promote a critical understanding of the human rights discourse. The course covers modern human rights institutions and how these work for state and non-state actors. The course also explores the political, historical and philosophical development of ideas about human rights which underpin current systems. In recognition of the importance of a globalised understanding of human rights, the course explores ideas about human rights from multidisciplinary, multicultural and multi-religious perspectives, as well as looking at the roles that social movements, grass-roots campaigns and other actors have played in the development of human rights ideas and practices. The course takes a problematising approach to education, provoking students to engage with a range of ideas and perspectives and to develop their own positions. The course employs both theoretical and practical learning methods giving students the chance to put their learning into practice and to pursue individual areas of interest more deeply.

Students will achieve the following outcomes from the Masters:

  1. apply knowledge of the principles and concepts of human rights in work and community settings
  2. critically analyse political, service, policy and moral issues using a human rights framework. Think creatively to develop human rights based solutions to social and political problems
  3. locate, critically evaluate and synthesise relevant evidence and human rights literature
  4. communicate, both verbally and in writing, comprehensive analyses of complex human rights data or theories
  5. use technologies to effectively collect information and communicate findings
  6. demonstrate ability in self-directed learning
  7. recognise the global nature of human rights issues and apply knowledge of practices learned
  8. demonstrate a critical appreciation of diverse cultural aspects of human rights theory and practice
  9. demonstrate ability to work ethically and independently on study and fieldwork projects, as well as work collaboratively with fellow students, staff and colleagues in the field.

Graduates will have opportunities in careers including education, diplomatic services, human rights organisations, international development programs and government agencies.

Applicants require a bachelor degree or equivalent in one of the following disciplines: Arts/Humanities, Psychology, Education, Social Work, Law, Journalism, Health.

Applicants with a bachelor degree in another discipline also require one year work experience (paid or unpaid).

A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 for international applicants is also required.

English language requirements

Applicants need to meet Curtin’s English Language requirement as all courses are taught in English. If your education courses were not solely in English, as per the International Handbook of Universities or the World Higher Education database, please attach a scanned original copy of English Proficiency Test results. Admission requires an overall International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic) (or equivalent test) score of at least 6.5 and competence in all test components (IELTS score of 6.0).

Please refer to the 'Minimum English Entry Requirements' document at

The Master of Human Rights students must complete eight core units and two double Human Rights project units.

The Graduate Diploma of Human Rights is offered as an exit award after completion of eight core units.

Total number of units to complete: 10 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Human Rights Theory and Philosophy
CHRE501 CUR Sess 1 - -
Human Rights History Across Cultures and Religions
CHRE502 CUR - Sess 2 -
Human Rights Instruments and Institutions
CHRE506 CUR - Sess 2 -
Human Rights and Development
CHRE507 CUR Sess 1 - -
Human Rights Activism, Advocacy and Change
CHRE512 CUR - Sess 2 -
Human Rights Project Preparation
CHRE6011 CUR Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Human Rights Project
CHRE6911 CUR Sess 1 Sess 2 -
Community Education and Consciousness Raising
CHRE503 CUR Sess 1 - -
Refugee Rights
CHRE5092 CUR Sess 1 - -
Indigenous Rights
CHRE5102 CUR - Sess 2 -

1 Double unit.
2 CHRE509 and CHRE510 are optional units. Students who want to choose equivalent postgraduate units should contact the Course Convenor.

Applications for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) are assessed on a case by case basis according to Curtin University policies which is available at

Students must be admitted in an award course of study before lodging their completed CRL application, along with all necessary documentation for a formal assessment.

To officially apply for CRL, students need to submit the CRL application form available from to along with supporting documents. Accepted documentation includes scans of the original Transcripts and/or Award Certificate; front and back; in colour; and original size. For detailed scanned documents requirements and guidelines, please visit

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You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.

Who can access it?

  • Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

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You can pay your fees upfront - in full at the beginning of a unit - using:
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  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001

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