Not offered in 2019

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 Introduction to human rights
Topic 2 The international human rights legal system – an overview
Topic 3 State obligations under international human rights law
Topic 4 Critiques of human rights – Critical Legal Studies, Feminism, and Critical Race Studies

Part 2 – Human rights in Australia
Topic 5 The findings and outcomes of the National Human Rights Consultation
Topic 6 Express and implied constitutional rights in Australia and the role of the common law
Topic 7 Specific legislative provisions for human rights protection in Australia (anti-discrimination laws)

Part 3 – Specific human rights issues
Topic 8 The right to privacy
Topic 9 Indigenous Australians
Topic 10 Asylum seekers

Learning outcomes

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Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Teaching and assessment


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Fee information


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Commencing 2019 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

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