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Unit description

Examines the principles of human rights from international, Australian, comparative and theoretical perspectives. Discusses the international human rights regime, the method by which human rights are protected and the question of whether Australia should have its own Constitutional or legislative Bill of Rights. Will analyse the common theoretical critiques of human rights and will study some selected human rights issues.

Unit content

Module 1: The international human rights legal system
 
Module 2: Human rights in Australia
 
Module 3: Specific human rights issues - Indigenous Australians and asylum seekers
 
Module 4: Should Australia have a Bill of Rights?
 
Module 5: Emerging human rights issues - the right to privacy and the right to a healthy environment
 
Module 6: Critiques of human rights

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.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1recognise the main features of the international human rights legal regime
2appraise the express and implied constitutional protection of human rights in Australia, and assess the other forms of protection of human rights in the Australian legal and political system
3identify and analyse the arguments for and against whether Australia should have a constitutional or a legislative Bill of Rights
4give an account of and discuss various topical human rights issues.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. recognise the main features of the international human rights legal regime
  2. appraise the express and implied constitutional protection of human rights in Australia, and assess the other forms of protection of human rights in the Australian legal and political system
  3. identify and analyse the arguments for and against whether Australia should have a constitutional or a legislative Bill of Rights
  4. give an account of and discuss various topical human rights issues.

Prescribed Learning Resources

Prescribed Texts
  • Paula Gerber and Melissa Castan (eds) , 2020, Contemporary Perspectives on Human Rights Law in Australia Vol 1, 2nd, Thomson Reuters, Sydney. ISBN: 9780455243566.
Prescribed Learning Resources may change in future Teaching Periods

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Workshop 1 hour (Weekly)
Tutorial 2 hours (Weekly)
Assessment
Short written response40%
Essay60%
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