- Code POLS4036
- 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 International Relations, Political Sciences, Human Rights, Politics
- Academic career UGRD
- Mode of delivery In Person
- Co-taught Course
This course aims to address the following questions.
- Are there any objectively existing human rights, as opposed to legal rights referred to as human rights and, if so, what are they?
- What is the difference between human rights and other rights, e.g. the right to one's place in a queue.
- What responsibilities, if any, do human rights generate on the part of third parties?
- What is the relation between criminal acts, such as murder, and human rights?
- Who is responsible for ensuring that human rights are not violated, one's own government, other governments, individual citizens etc?
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- demonstrate a strong understanding of human rights and human responsibilities work, and the competing theories informing the analysis of both;
- be capable of identifying and debating the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to human rights;
- develop strong research, analysis, and critical thinking skills; and
- develop strong written and oral communication skills.
- Research papers, 2 x 2000 words each (40% each) (80) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Document analysis paper, 500 words (15) [LO 1,2]
- Seminar Participation (5) [LO 1,2,4]
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Workload130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 24 hours of seminars; and
b) 106 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
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