Human Rights Law in Australia - 2017

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Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 12 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 3
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 3
  • Assessment: Case Study - Cross-jurisdictional (40%) , Online Discussion (10%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 4,320.00

This unit provides a broad overview of international human rights law and its interaction with the protection of human rights in Australia. The unit begins with an overview of the history, nature and structure of human rights law and the main human rights treaties and UN supervisory bodies. The unit then looks at the sources of human rights law in Australia including the Constitution, state human rights legislation, the common law and international human rights norms. Finally, the international and Australian law relating to human rights is studied in the context of counter terrorism laws, anti-discrimination law, indigenous Australians, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers and corporations.

Upon successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an advanced and integrated understanding of the fundamental doctrines and principles which underpin human rights law at the international and Australian levels
  2. critically evaluate the law of human rights and identify areas of reform
  3. analyse and research complex problems relating to human rights and make reasoned and appropriate choices amongst alternatives
  4. demonstrate sophisticated cognitive and creative skills in approaching legal issues relating to human rights and generate appropriate responses.
  • Case Study — Cross-jurisdictional (40%)
  • Online Discussion (10%)
  • Research Assignment — 3500 words (50%)

Mandatory co-requisites

You must either have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit, or currently be enrolled in the following unit(s); or enrol in the following unit(s) to study at the same time or prior to this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

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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.

1From natural law to human rights
2Sources of human rights law in Australia
3Explicit and implied Constitutional rights in Australia
4The common law and human rights
5International protection of human rights
6Implementation of international human rights in Australia
7Counter terrorism laws
8Anti-discrimination law
9Indigenous Australians and the criminal justice system
10Indigenous land rights
11Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
12Corporations and human rights

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board

Online materials

  • Audio/Video - Streaming

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.
  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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