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

Part 1 - Introduction to the international human rights system 
Topic 1 The historical and philosophical foundations of human rights 
Topic 2 The international human rights legal system 
Topic 3 Other United Nations mechanisms for protecting human rights 
Topic 4 The role of other entities in the protection of human rights 
Part 2 - Human rights in Australia 
Topic 5 Express and implied constitutional rights in Australia 
Topic 6 The role of the common law and international human rights in human rights protection in Australia 
Topic 7 Specific legislative provisions for human rights protection in Australia 
Topic 8 Should Australia have a Bill of Rights? 
Part 3 - Specific human rights issues 
Topic 9 Refugees 
Topic 10 Terrorism and human rights

Learning outcomes

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