Human rights are fundamental rights that are inherent to every individual. They are underpinned by concepts of human dignity and the essential equality of all people. The unit takes an interdisciplinary approach to the development, application and cultural relativity of human rights, and how they are placed alongside our notions of global justice.
The unit is delivered in three modules.
The first module explores the evolution of the liberal conception of human rights, with a focus on how the understanding of rights has changed over time.
The second module introduces students to non-Western conceptions of human rights, with a focus on indigenous conceptions.
The third module discusses who guarantees protection of rights, and how violators of rights have come to be punished in the international system.
The material covered in this unit is global in both its geographic scope and its cultural awareness. The unit will provide you with the tools to make determinations about the nature of human rights in a globalised world.
|Unit name||Human Rights and Global Justice|
|College/School||College of Arts, Law and Education
School of Social Sciences
|Discipline||History and Classics|Law|Politics and International Relations|
|Coordinator||Doctor Matt Killingsworth|
|Available as an elective?||Yes|
|Delivered By||University of Tasmania|
|Location||Study period||Attendance options||Available to|
|Hobart||Semester 2||On-Campus||Off-Campus||International International||Domestic Domestic|
|Hobart||5 Week Session Jan B||Off-Campus||International||Domestic|
- International students
- Domestic students
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|Study Period||Start date||Census date||WW date||End date|
|5 Week Session Jan B||10/1/2022||17/1/2022||27/1/2022||13/2/2022|
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- Describe how human rights are a historical, contemporary and evolving concept.
- Explain how the emergence and development of international human rights theory has contributed to international laws and institutions for the protection and promotion of human rights.
- Evaluate how different cultural perceptions of law and justice continue to impact on our international regime of human rights.
|Field of Education||Commencing Student Contribution 1,3||Grandfathered Student Contribution 1,3||Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2,3||Domestic Full Fee 4|
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Prerequisites100 credit points of University-level study
Off Campus: 13 weeks online lectures; 12 weekly tutorials (face-to-face and off campus)
|Assessment||A five-question short answer test (20%)|Introducing a new United Nations International Day on human rights (30%)|A 2000 word evaluative essay. (50%)|
|Timetable||View the lecture timetable | View the full unit timetable|
Required readings will be listed in the unit outline prior to the start of classes.
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