• Offered by School of Politics and International Relations
  • ANU College ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Course subject Political Science
  • Areas of interest International Relations, Political Sciences, Politics
  • Academic career UGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Victoria Mason
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2014
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This course aims to develop students’ capacities in researching and writing in the field of human rights. It will assist students to undertake a research project and to present their work on human rights in a form appropriate to subject matter, purpose and audience. Through a program of workshops (by the convenor, guest lecturers and practitioners) and feedback, each student will formulate an independent research proposal, conduct research on a particular human rights debate or issue, and construct a research output. Students will be invited to reflect on questions of theory, methodology, ethics, audience and presentation in human rights research and communication. This course will bring together the full breadth of skills and expertise acquired in the completion of the Human Rights Major/Minor.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

1. Identify, analyse and select from a range of theoretical approaches to human rights issues
2. Locate and evaluate a range of appropriate primary and secondary resources in the field of human rights
3. Design a methodologically and ethically sound human rights research proposal 
4. Identify, and reflect on, best practice in human rights research and writing
5. Construct a substantial research-based human rights project in a form suitable to its content, stated purpose and target audience


Indicative Assessment

Oral presentation on research project plan: 20% (LO 1,2,3 & 4)

Research Project Proposal (1000 words):  20% (LO 1, 2 & 3)

Research Project (5000 words): 60% (LO 5)


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130 hours over the semester; including 24 hours of class time, possible site visits, and consultations with a project supervisor.

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must have completed POLS2113 and one of POLS1005 or POLS1006 or PHIL1004

Prescribed Texts

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Unit value:
6 units

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6.00 0.12500
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1994-2003 $1470
2014 $2484
2013 $2478
2012 $2358
2011 $2310
2010 $2250
2009 $2178
2008 $2178
2007 $2178
2006 $2178
2005 $2178
2004 $1836
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2014 $3252
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2009 $3240
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2006 $3132
2005 $3132
2004 $2916
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
5050 17 Feb 2014 07 Mar 2014 31 Mar 2014 30 May 2014 In Person N/A

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