Courses & Units

Key Concepts in Social Justice HPP216



This unit provides a critical introduction to the interdisciplinary study of social justice.  The unit draws on social sciences concepts and theories as well as a number of case studies from Australia and abroad to explore the forms of marginalization, oppression and violence that dominate human rights and social justice studies today.  These include an understanding of the regional contexts within which contemporary human rights violations take place, the historical, theoretical, and institutional underpinnings of international human rights advocacy and social justice movements and practices.


Unit name Key Concepts in Social Justice
Unit code HPP216
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Politics and International Relations
Teaching staff

Dr Gwynn MacCarrick

Level Intermediate
Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 2 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 13/7/2020 10/8/2020 31/8/2020 18/10/2020

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Band CSP Student Contribution Full Fee Paying (domestic) Field of Education
1 2020: $835.00 2020: $1,729.00 091199

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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any faculty


Teaching Pattern


2-hr lecture weekly, 1 tutorial weekly;


web-based delivery of 12 weeks of  lectures;

1 online tutorial discussion weekly



Minor IRAC evaluation (20%)

Reflective journal (30%)

Take home essay (complex scenario IRAC evaluation) 2,000 words (50%)


Minor IRAC evaluation (20%)

Reflective journal (30%)

Take home essay (complex scenario IRAC evaluation) 2,000 words (50%)

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