• Total units 24 Units
  • Areas of interest Human Rights
  • Minor code HMRT-MIN
  • Academic career Undergraduate

This minor addresses the human rights discipline in both theory and practice, and provides students with a robust understanding of political, legal, historical and philosophical origins and contemporary realities of the human rights field. It will equip students with an understanding of key issues in the discipline, such as:

•    The political, philosophical and historical development of ideas concerning human rights
•    The emergence and role of human rights in international relations
•    The interplay between human rights theory, law and practice
•    Key contemporary theoretical debates on human rights
•    The relationship between human rights and concepts such as social justice and equity
•    The application of human rights theory in practice, such as:

o    Issues around the implementation and enforcement of human rights standards
o    Questions on the best mechanisms for dealing with human rights violations
o    Human rights advocacy and social movements in the international system

•    Contemporary case studies and issues

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. identify, discuss and analyse the key moments, issues and debates in the emergence of the contested concept of ‘human rights’;
  2. identify and appraise the differing applications of human rights in theory, law and practice;
  3. explain and assess the major contemporary theoretical debates within the human rights discourse; and
  4. recognize and assess the intersection between theories of human rights and the application of human rights standards in practice.
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This minor requires the completion of 24 units, which must include:

6 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
PHIL1004 Fundamental Ideas in Philosophy: An Introduction 6
POLS1005 Introduction to International Relations: Foundations and Concepts 6
POLS1006 Introduction to International Relations: Contemporary Global Issues 6

18 units from completion of the following course(s):

Code Title Units
HIST2238 Human Rights in History 6
POLS2113 Human Rights 6
POLS3035 The Politics of International Law 6
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