Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction - thinking about human rights, cultures and religions
    • Universalism and cultural relativism
    • Dialogue as a means of overcoming barriers to human rights across cultures/religions
    • Constructing human rights beyond the limits of the modern western view
    • Human rights and Christianity
    • Human rights - an African perspective
    • Human rights and Islam
    • Human rights and Indigenous peoples
    • Human rights and Buddhism
    • Rights to cultural identity
  • Study resources
    • Instructional Methods
      • Disscusion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Leacture capture
      • Streaming Multimedia
      • Web links

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

  1. describe and critique ideas of human rights from a range of cultural and religious traditions
  2. describe and critique the role and practice of dialogue as a means of overcoming barriers to universal human rights
  3. use appropriate technologies to locate and critically appraise relevant human rights literature
  4. analyse and communicate ideas of human rights from particular cultural and religious traditions
  5. demonstrate an understanding of plagiarism, paraphrasing and the principles of Academic Integrity.
  • Assignment 1 - Essay (50%)
  • Assignment 2 - Essay Topic Summary (20%)
  • Assignment 3 - Report - Readings report (30%)

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 subject

No eligibility requirements

Special requirements

  • EquipmentDetails - Audio/Visual equipment

This subject provides an overview of the development of the idea of human rights and related concepts in a range of cultures and religions. The subject begins with an exploration of the development of human rights in the Enlightenment tradition and then explores debates about the foundations of human rights. Other topics include cultural relativist critiques of human rights; non-western cultural traditions of human rights; the role and practice of dialogue; ideas of human rights in different religious traditions; colonialism and human rights; and Indigenous understandings of human rights and perspectives on rights protection, practice and education.

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.

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