Unit description

Introduces students to the protection of human rights under both Australian law and international law from the viewpoint of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Considers the relationship between generic human rights and specific indigenous human rights. Practical and theoretical understandings of how human rights law can be utilised on behalf of Indigenous Australians are addressed.

Unit content

Topic 1 Introduction
Topic 2 International law and human rights
Topic 3 Indigenous peoples and human rights
Topic 4 Rights under the ICCPR
Topic 5 Racial discrimination
Topic 6 Criminal justice system
Topic 7 Self-determination
Topic 8 Land rights
Topic 9 Economic rights
Topic 10 Social rights
Topic 11 Cultural rights
Topic 12 Recognition of customary law

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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Fee information


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