Subject details

  • Topics
    • Introduction to international human rights law
    • Overview of the United Nations
    • Major human rights treaties and conventions
    • Treaty-based bodies - reporting and complaint mechanisms
    • Human rights law in Australia
    • Domestic application of human rights treaties
    • Charter-based bodies - Human Rights Council and special procedures
    • Universal Periodic Review
    • Role of non-government organisations within the human rights legal framework
    • International Criminal Court and ad-hoc tribunals
  • 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. apply the international human rights system and national human rights framework to promote human rights
  2. describe and critique the human rights framework including the role of non-government organisations in promoting and protecting human rights
  3. use appropriate technologies to locate and critically appraise relevant human rights literature
  4. analyse and communicate the role of the international human rights system and national human rights framework in defining and promoting human rights.
  • Assignment 1 - Simulation Exercise (20%)
  • Assignment 2 - Short Essay (30%)
  • Assignment 3 - Final Essay (50%)

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 explores and critiques the international human rights system and national human rights framework. In particular it will investigate the role of the Subjected Nations, international law and national law in defining, protecting and upholding human rights. Topics covered include human rights treaties, conventions and declarations; the recognition of Indigenous rights, racial and ethnic minority rights, women's rights and rights of other groups; the investigation and reporting of human rights abuses; tribunals and truth commissions; and the role of non-government organisations.

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