- Class Number 3070
- Term Code 3130
- Class Info
- Unit Value 6 units
- Mode of Delivery In Person
- Dr Nick Cheesman
- Dr Nick Cheesman
- Class Dates
- Class Start Date 22/02/2021
- Class End Date 28/05/2021
- Census Date 31/03/2021
- Last Date to Enrol 01/03/2021
Despite the shift from authoritarian to democratic or semi-democratic forms of government in Asia, human rights abuses are rife. Although Asian states have ratified a large number of international human rights conventions, the violation of human rights and unequal application of and access to the law are common across the region. Citizens and migrants face arbitrary detention, torture, disappearance and death at the hands of state, para-state, and other actors. In this course, we will study the types of human rights prevalent in Asia today and ask what institutional, political and social structures allow for their persistence. We will ask what types of abuses occur despite the efforts of governments to eliminate them and what types are encouraged through government inaction, or tacit or explicit encouragement or abuse. Yet simultaneous to our study of rights violations, we will also study new the new strategies of redress that have emerged, including the growth of human rights organisations and transitional justice processes and the development of linkages between international and local organisations. Topics and countries emphasised will vary from year to year, but will include East, South, and Southeast Asia.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate an understanding of the broad landscape of human rights across Asia.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the field of human rights studies and its relationship to advocacy.
3. Use different materials – including academic analysis, testimony and other accounts by survivors of human rights violations, legal and other state documents, advocacy and campaign materials – to examine and synthesise similarities and differences in human rights violation, protection, and consolidation across time and national boundaries.
4. Develop diverse writing skills and be able to compose the following: case summary, op-ed, proposal for further research or advocacy.
Staff FeedbackStudents will be given feedback in the following forms in this course:
- Written comments
- Verbal comments
- Feedback to the whole class, to groups, to individuals, focus groups
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|Week/Session||Summary of Activities||Assessment|
|1||Introduction: The making of human rights|
|2||PART I: RECKONING WITH THE PAST Impunity in Thailand|
|3||Genocide in Cambodia|
|4||Politicide in Indonesia|
|5||Sexual enslavement in Japan and Korea|
|6||Wartime rape in Bangladesh|
|7||Intermission: ghosts of the disappeared in Sri Lanka|
|8||PART II: RECONFIGURING THE PRESENT Dying for rights in North Korea|
|9||Rightful resistance in China|
|10||Loving rights in Myanmar|
|11||Truths about rights in India|
|12||Conclusion: Towards a consensus on human rights... in Asia?|
|Assessment task||Value||Due Date||Learning Outcomes|
|Critical review: paper and presentation||30 %||01/07/2021||1, 2, 3, 4|
|Essay plan and final essay||60 %||04/06/2021||1, 2, 3, 4|
|Seminar participation||10 %||01/07/2021||1, 2|
* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details
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- Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure
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- Deferred Examinations
- Student Complaint Resolution Policy and Procedure
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Assessment Task 1
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Critical review: paper and presentation
a. Paper = 800 words, 20% weighting, due on the date of the presentation; returned in the week after submission; late submission (without extension) accepted but penalties apply
b. Presentation = 10 minutes, 10% weighting, presentation date allocated in week 2
For this task, students are asked to select a recent piece of reportage on human rights conditions in Asia. This can be a report by an NGO, a state-based commission of inquiry or tribunal, an international inquiry, or a piece of investigative reportage. Reportage on the countries and issues discussed in our course is preferred but not essential. Students must get approval for their selected piece before they write their critical review. In the seminars in weeks two, three and four we will discuss what it means to do a critical review of a primary source, how to attend to questions of evidence, and to the categories used to organise and interpret facts about human rights in Asia. We will also discuss the choices that students have made and how they plan to complete the task. Students will give presentations on their reviews to their seminar group in weeks 5-11, and submit their written reviews on the date allocated for the presentation.
Assessment Task 2
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4
Essay plan and final essay
a. Plan = 400 words not inclusive of a list of ten indicative sources, 10% weighting
Due date and time: Friday, April 2, 11.59pm; returned in week 7; late submission (without extension) accepted but penalties apply
b. Final essay = 2000 words not inclusive of a bibliography with approximately 20 sources, 50% weighting
Due date and time: Friday, June 4, 11.59pm; returned after the examination period once results are confirmed; late submission (without extension) accepted but penalties apply
This research essay will enable students to apply their skills and knowledge to a human rights topic of their choice. It need not be on one of the cases or issues discussed in the course, but it must be on human rights in Asia and also must engage substantively with one or more of the required readings for the course, whether thematically or comparatively. A set of questions from which students can select will be circulated before the semester break. However, students are also invited to formulate their own questions. Those who choose to do so must get them approved by the course convenor before proceeding to work on them. We will discuss and work together on both the plan and the final essay in seminars as indicated.
Assessment Task 3
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2
The success of our course depends upon the active participation of students in the seminars. Students should expect to be called upon to undertake specific tasks in the seminars. Attendance at seminars will be noted and a weekly grade allocated for participation, taking into consideration the quality of contributions and respect for other students, will be calculated at the end of the semester.
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Dr Nick Cheesman
Dr Nick Cheesman