A History of Human Rights
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- 26 Jul 2021
This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
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On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:
- Understand changing ideas of human rights over time and place.
- Understand critiques of human rights from feminist and postcolonial perspectives.
- Understand the appropriate legal and political structures within which human rights are articulated.
- Demonstrate advanced critical writing skills in making sustained and evidence-based arguments about the past.
- A week-by-week guide to the topics you will explore in this subject will be provided in your study materials.
40cp at 1000 level or above OR (10cp in HIST or MHIS or POL or POIR or MHIX or POIX units)
No special requirements
This subject will provide a historical account of changing ideas of human worth, dignity and progress. Drawing upon wide departmental expertise in the history of legal systems, social movements and political action, it will explore the history of human rights language in political modernity. At the same time, it will attempt a decolonised history of human rights discourse, revealing how and why the idea of human rights have been viewed with suspicion by some as an imperialistic language and program. This unit will aid students interested in careers in international law, foreign aid, global politics, humanitarian organisations in learning the terminology and historical narratives they will need to make sense of those types of work.
- Weekly quizzes (20%)
- Article analysis (30%)
- Research Essay (50%)
Current study term: 25 Jul 21 to 05 Nov 21
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