• Offered by Faculty of Law
  • ANU College ANU College of Law
  • Course subject Laws
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Mode of delivery In Person

This course explores the foundational ideas, the models of implementation, and the grammar of political discourse around economic and social rights in comparative and international legal systems.

Learning around these issues will be prompted by case studies of specific rights - including the right to housing, health care, education, water, work and food - and specific jurisdictions and regimes - including the United Nations International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, and the domestic systems of South Africa, India, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Proposals for the legislative recognition of economic and social rights in Australia will also be examined.

Learning Outcomes

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

Students who have successfully completed this course will understand, and be able to:

  • evaluate the arguments for and against the recognition of material interests in food, health care, housing, education or water, as legal rights;
  • critically reflect on the use of international and comparative law in the emerging trends towards the legal recognition of economic and social rights,
  • synthesise approaches to the use of comparative data and case studies which focus on distinct legal systems;
  • apply particular economic, moral and developmental theories to current legal arrangements, and to proposals for law reform;
  • evaluate the role of legal practitioners, and of human rights, welfare and development specialists in legal settings which recognise economic and social rights;
  • critically analyse proposals that seek to legislatively entrench economic and social rights in the Australian legal system.

Indicative Assessment

  • Take-home exam, 3000 words ORResearch essay,  6000 words - 80%
  • Option class presentation OR class test - 10%
  • Class participation - 10%

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Twenty-six class hours plus private study.

Prescribed Texts

Reading materials will be made available.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
6 units

If you are an undergraduate student and have been offered a Commonwealth supported place, your fees are set by the Australian Government for each course. At ANU 1 EFTSL is 48 units (normally 8 x 6-unit courses). You can find your student contribution amount for each course at Fees.  Where there is a unit range displayed for this course, not all unit options below may be available.

6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $2958
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2015 $4146
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

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