- Code POLS2113
- Unit Value 6 units
- Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
- ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
- Course subject Political Science
- Areas of interest Development Studies, Gender Studies, International Relations, Political Sciences, Human Rights
- Academic career Undergraduate
- Dr Dong Wook Kim
- Ms Zoe Robinson
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2018
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This course introduces students to the theoretical frameworks, empirical cases, policy instruments, and debates in the field of human rights. The course is structured in four parts. First, we will examine the evolution of human rights in its philosophical, historical, and political contexts. We will address key questions such as: What are human rights? Are they universally applicable? How and why have international human rights standards come into being? How do they change over time? Second, we will examine various mechanisms and actors for the promotion and protection of human rights at the global, regional, and national levels. What are the United Nations and regional mechanisms for human rights protection? What explains the evolution of the UN human rights activities? How are international human rights enforced? What is the role of nongovernmental organisations and activists in the field of human rights? What are their dilemmas? Third, we will examine the trajectory and effectiveness of humanitarian intervention. Under what conditions is humanitarian intervention justified and necessary? How has its international legitimacy changed over time? What explains the achievements and limitations of humanitarian intervention in the post-Cold War period? Fourth, we will examine various forms of transitional justice. How should new democracies cope with past human rights abuses? What explains variations in the forms and impacts of transitional justice across time and space? In addressing these and other questions, we will explore several country cases around the globe.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- Understand the key events and policy debates in the development of the international human rights regime.
- Apply international relations theories and concepts to cases studies and issues of human rights.
- Understand how the international human rights regime works in world politics.
- Think, write, and argue critically and logically about human rights issues from a political science perspective.
Indicative AssessmentTutorial participation (10%): learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4
Midterm examination 1 hour (in lecture period via Wattle) (15%): learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4
Research essay, 3000 words (40%): learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4
Final examination 2 hours (in formal examination period) (35%): learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, 12 hours of tutorials, and 12 hours of film screenings; and
b) 94 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
Sally Engle Merry, Human Rights and Gender Violence: Translating International Law into Local Justice (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006).
Nicholas Wheeler, Saving
Strangers: Humanitarian Intervention in International Society
(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003).
Assumed KnowledgeFamiliarity with basic concepts and theories in requisite 1000-level POLS courses
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- Student Contribution Band:
- Band 1
- Unit value:
- 6 units
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Offerings and Dates
|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery|
|8610||23 Jul 2018||30 Jul 2018||31 Aug 2018||26 Oct 2018||In Person|