• 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?

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. demonstrate a strong understanding of human rights and human responsibilities work, and the competing theories informing the analysis of both;
  2. be capable of identifying and debating the strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to human rights;
  3. develop strong research, analysis, and critical thinking skills; and
  4. develop strong written and oral communication skills.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research papers, 2 x 2000 words each (40% each) (80) [LO 1,2,3,4]
  2. Document analysis paper, 500 words (15) [LO 1,2]
  3. Seminar Participation (5) [LO 1,2,4]

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Workload

130 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.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Requisite and Incompatibility

To enrol in this course you must be enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts (Honours) (HARTS or HART2), Bachelor of International Relations (Honours) (HIR), Bachelor of Policy Studies (Honours) (HPOLS), Bachelor of Public Policy (Honours) (HPPOL), Bachelor of Development Studies (Honours) (HDEVS), Bachelor of European Studies (Honours) (HEURO), Bachelor of Latin American Studies (Honours) (HLAMS) or Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics (Honours) (HPPE), or completed 144 units towards the Bachelor of Philosophy (Arts) (APHAR or APNAR). You are not able to enrol in this course if you have previously completed POLS8036.

Prescribed Texts

None

Fees

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

If you are a domestic graduate coursework or international student you will be required to pay tuition fees. Tuition fees are indexed annually. Further information for domestic and international students about tuition and other fees can be found at Fees.

Student Contribution Band:
1
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.

Units EFTSL
6.00 0.12500
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $3120
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2020 $4800
Note: Please note that fee information is for current year only.

Offerings, Dates and Class Summary Links

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