Law, Rights and Social Justice
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- 31 Jul 2023
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Apply complex theories to examine "case studies", demonstrating an understanding of the problem of universalism, cultural relativism and human rights.
Critically reflect on the definition, efficacy and scope of human rights law and practice, including discussing the concept of human rights, reflecting on the problems of both "conflicting rights" and human rights as "ideology", and using complex theories on rights from the literature.
Illustrate an understanding of domestic and international human rights law and how they relate to each other.
Locate relevant Internet material on human rights and social justice matters, summarise this material and then identify problems and/or issues raised.
Write about the role of law in protecting human rights and preventing future human rights abuses, as well as the efficacy of law as a defender of human rights.
Write coherently on the gap between law in theory versus law in practice in relation to human rights and social justice, reflecting on both ideals and ideology.
- • History and philosophy of human rights.
- • Critical perspectives on human rights.
- • Indigenous peoples and self-determination.
- • Global poverty and economic, social, and cultural rights.
- • Women’s rights.
- • Humanitarian intervention.
- • Climate change and human rights.
Prerequisites: Students must have completed 30 credit points of Level two LST or LCR or LAW subjects. Past La Trobe University students who have previously completed LST2LSJ (Law, Rights and Social Justice) are ineligible to enrol in this subject.
No additional requirements
This subject considers various approaches to understanding the relationship between law, rights, and social justice. It focuses on how domestic and international laws can promote, hinder, or violate rights and asks critical questions about the nature and source of those rights. The subject begins by examining the philosophy and practice of rights, including within domestic and international law, and then considers the relationship between rights and various social justice issues. These include Indigenous self-determination; women's political movements; ableism; children's rights; discrimination against LGBTIQ people; poverty and homelessness; asylum seeking; counter-terrorism and torture; armed conflict, genocide and transitional justice; and environmental and animal justice.
- 1500-word mock submission to a public inquiry (35%)
- In-class quizzes (equivalent to 1000 words) (20%)
- 2000-word research essay (45%)
Current study term: 30 Jul 23 to 27 Oct 23
Textbook information is pending.