Law, Human Rights and Global Governance - 2016

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 1
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: No
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: SP1 , SP3
  • Assessment: Annotated Bibliography - Referencing exercise (20%) , Quiz 1 (15%) - Learn more

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2016 Fees
Domestic 782.00
HECS 782.00
International 1,032.00

In this unit we examine systems of global governance and question whether law and other instruments of governance can protect and provide for human rights. We examine Australia's place in the international law system and discuss law, rights and institutions in relation to socio-political and economic issues including questions of self-determination, indigenous rights, sexuality and free speech. Students will develop a socio-legal reform submission addressing challenges for human rights, democracy and justice.

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

  1. define and describe various conceptions of global governance, human rights and the role of law
  2. define and describe Australia’s role in the international law system
  3. describe the historical development of human rights principles and instruments, in the context of contemporary civil and political, and economic and social rights
  4. critique key views concerning the governance of human rights associated with indigenous rights, self-determination, sexuality, free speech and refugee rights
  5. assess established theoretical frameworks about current responses to human rights claims, and communicate law reform and/or policy critiques effectively in written and verbal form
  6. develop a practical law-reform project associated with a key issue in human rights governance.
  • Annotated Bibliography — Referencing exercise (20%)
  • Quiz 1 (15%)
  • Quiz 2 (25%)
  • Research Project (40%)

There are no prerequisites for this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Introduction to the Course
2Which Rights are Human Rights? The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
3Introduction to Law - International and Domestic
4Global Governance - Who makes the Rules?
5How to Write and Research at University
6The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights - The Example of Speech
7The International Covenant on Economic and Social Rights
8The Right to Self Determination, and Indigenous Australians
9The Rights of Refugee
10Gender and Human Rights
11Challenges to Human Rights Norms
12What happened to the Australian Bill of Rights?

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online assignment submission
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Online materials

  • Resources and Links

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is an approved elective 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.
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