Subject details

At the completion of this subject 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.
    • Introduction to human rights and development
    • Basic needs approach to development
    • Capability approach to development
    • Rights-based approach to development
    • Human security approach to development
    • Development and the role of international financial and trade institutions
    • African perspectives on human rights and development
    • Development, human rights and the environment
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

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

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

  • CUR-HRI-MAS-2019
  • CUR-HRI-GCE-2019
  • OUA-PSU-GCE-2019
  • UNE-PRO-GCE-2019

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Audio/Visual equipment

This subject 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.

Please Note:  If it’s your first time studying a Curtin University subject you’ll need to complete their compulsory ‘Academic Integrity Program’. It only takes two hours to complete online, and provides you with vital information about studying with Curtin University. The Academic Integrity Program is compulsory, so if it’s not completed your subject grades will be withheld.

Find out more about the Academic Integrity module.

  • Media Report Critique (20%)
  • Essay 1 — Short Essay (30%)
  • Essay 2 (50%)

Textbooks are not required.

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