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Key Concepts in Social Justice HPP216


The unit explores the historically evolved norms and laws as they relate to atrocity crimes and global justice issues, including slavery, climate change, migration and refugees, and labour exploitation. The unit provides a framework by which to understand why the justice issues identified in this unit were, at various times in times in modern history, tolerated, and how they have in time become taboo. In turn, the unit explores the opportunities for, and barriers to, solving these justice issues in a globalised world.


Unit name Key Concepts in Social Justice
Unit code HPP216
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
Discipline Politics and International Relations
Coordinator Mr Joseph Haddon|Doctor Matt Killingsworth
Available as an elective? Yes
Delivered By University of Tasmania
Level Intermediate


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


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 2 11/7/2022 9/8/2022 29/8/2022 16/10/2022

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Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the nature and foundations of international human rights and the underlying principles, values and concepts of social justice.
  • Apply the sources of International Law, international human rights instruments, international and global principles of social justice, and knowledge of relevant institutions and enforcement mechanisms to identify solutions to social justice problems
  • Analyse how effectively various sources and instruments contribute to defining and resolving social justice problems in light of international perspectives on the nature of social justice.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively, about key concepts of justice using appropriate writing conventions.
Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
091199 $1,828.00 $858.00 not applicable $1,828.00

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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any college


Teaching Pattern

Lectures (on campus/disctance students), 1 hours, weekly.

Tutorials (on campus students), 1 hour, weekly.

Online Discussion Boards (distance students), weekly.

AssessmentTake home exam (40%)|Critical literature review (20%)|Major essay (40%)
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