• Class Number 5660
  • Term Code 3160
  • Class Info
  • Unit Value 6 units
  • Mode of Delivery In Person
    • Dr Claire Cronin
    • Dr Claire Cronin
  • Class Dates
  • Class Start Date 26/07/2021
  • Class End Date 29/10/2021
  • Census Date 14/09/2021
  • Last Date to Enrol 02/08/2021
SELT Survey Results

This course introduces students to theories, cases, policies, and debates in human rights. It examines the evolution of human rights in their philosophical, historical, and political contexts, focusing particularly on the Post World War 2 era. Topics include but are not limited to: international and domestic human rights regimes, enforcement and compliance, universalism vs. cultural relativism, the role(s) of the judiciary, social movements, humanitarian intervention, and the rights of indigenous persons. This class consists of two hours of lecture and a one hour tutorial.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. understand the key events and policy debates in the development of the international human rights regime;
  2. apply international relations theories and concepts to cases studies and issues of human rights;
  3. understand how the international human rights regime works in world politics; and
  4. think, write, and argue critically and logically about human rights issues from a political science perspective.

Required Resources

Course readings are available on Wattle.

A large number of journals and periodicals exist that include the cutting-edge developments of the discipline. Being familiar with these sources and surveying at least some of them regularly will assist you in this course.

American Journal of International Law

American Political Science Review

Genocide Studies and Prevention

Global Governance International

Journal of Transitional Justice

International Organization

Harvard Human Rights Journal

International Studies Quarterly

European Journal of International Relations

Journal of Conflict Resolution

Journal of Human Rights

Journal of Peace Research

Staff Feedback

Feedback from teaching staff to students will be available on an ad hoc basis by request, and promptly (no longer than two weeks) following the submission of assessments. All assessment feedback will be delivered via Wattle in the first instance. 

Student Feedback

ANU is committed to the demonstration of educational excellence and regularly seeks feedback from students. Students are encouraged to offer feedback directly to their Course Convener or through their College and Course representatives (if applicable). The feedback given in these surveys is anonymous and provides the Colleges, University Education Committee and Academic Board with opportunities to recognise excellent teaching, and opportunities for improvement. The Surveys and Evaluation website provides more information on student surveys at ANU and reports on the feedback provided on ANU courses.

Other Information


The course conveners are not in charge of assessing eligibility for, or organising, deferred exams. Per the ANU’s policy, a deferred exam will be granted for only an extenuating circumstance (such as “an unexpected illness,” “trauma,” or “being a victim of crime”). If you wish to apply for a deferred exam, please follow the procedure outlined here: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/assessments-exams/ deferredexaminations.

The information provided is a preliminary Class Outline. A finalised version will be available on Wattle and will be accessible after enrolling in this course. All updates, changes and further information will be uploaded on the course Wattle site and will not be updated on Programs and Courses throughout the semester. Any questions or concerns should be directed to the Course Convenor.

Class Schedule

Week/Session Summary of Activities Assessment
1 Introducing Human Rights: The International System
2 Introducing Human Rights: Historical Analysis
3 Introducing Human Rights: Cultural Analysis
4 Introducing Human Rights: Colonialism, Post-Colonialism and Human Rights
5 Humanitarian Intervention and the Responsibility to Protect
6 No class Mid-Semester Examination
7 Mass Human Rights Abuses (1): International Criminal Law
8 Mass Human Rights Abuses (2): Transitional Justice and Truth Commissions
9 Knowing About Human Rights Abuses: The Representation of Atrocity
10 The Act of Killing: Joshua Oppenheimer
11 Case Study: Women's Rights, Sexuality and Gender Essay Due: Sunday 17th October
12 Case Study: Race, Indigenous Rights, and Black Lives Matter

Tutorial Registration

Tutorials start in week 2. Registration via the Wattle page.

Assessment Summary

Assessment task Value Due Date Learning Outcomes
Mid-Semester Exam (15%) 15 % 03/09/2021 1, 2, 3, 4
Research Essay (40%) 40 % 17/10/2021 1, 2, 3, 4
Final Exam (35%) 35 % * 1, 2, 3, 4
Tutorial Participation (10%) 10 % * 1, 2, 3, 4

* If the Due Date and Return of Assessment date are blank, see the Assessment Tab for specific Assessment Task details


ANU has educational policies, procedures and guidelines, which are designed to ensure that staff and students are aware of the University’s academic standards, and implement them. Students are expected to have read the Academic Misconduct Rule before the commencement of their course. Other key policies and guidelines include:

Assessment Requirements

The ANU is using Turnitin to enhance student citation and referencing techniques, and to assess assignment submissions as a component of the University's approach to managing Academic Integrity. For additional information regarding Turnitin please visit the ANU Online website. Students may choose not to submit assessment items through Turnitin. In this instance you will be required to submit, alongside the assessment item itself, hard copies of all references included in the assessment item.

Moderation of Assessment

Marks that are allocated during Semester are to be considered provisional until formalised by the College examiners meeting at the end of each Semester. If appropriate, some moderation of marks might be applied prior to final results being released.


Assessment Task 1

Value: 15 %
Due Date: 03/09/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Mid-Semester Exam (15%)

A 2 hour mid-semester exam. The exam will comprise multiple choice questions covering all content (readings, lectures, and films) from the first five weeks of the course.

Assessment Task 2

Value: 40 %
Due Date: 17/10/2021
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Research Essay (40%)

Prepare a 3000-word paper on a human rights topic of your choice. In it, you will write about human rights by making a theoretically-informed argument and supporting it with evidence. 

Assessment Task 3

Value: 35 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Final Exam (35%)

The final exam will test students’ knowledge of content from the entire semester – not just from the mid-term review on. The date of the exam will be advised towards the end of the semester, following confirmation from the Registrar’s Office.  

Assessment Task 4

Value: 10 %
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2, 3, 4

Tutorial Participation (10%)

Tutorial participation marks will be based upon evidence of having done the assigned readings, evidence of having thought about the issues, contribution and participation in class and consideration and respect for other class members.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is a core part of our culture as a community of scholars. At its heart, academic integrity is about behaving ethically. This means that all members of the community commit to honest and responsible scholarly practice and to upholding these values with respect and fairness. The Australian National University commits to embedding the values of academic integrity in our teaching and learning. We ensure that all members of our community understand how to engage in academic work in ways that are consistent with, and actively support academic integrity. The ANU expects staff and students to uphold high standards of academic integrity and act ethically and honestly, to ensure the quality and value of the qualification that you will graduate with. The University has policies and procedures in place to promote academic integrity and manage academic misconduct. Visit the following Academic honesty & plagiarism website for more information about academic integrity and what the ANU considers academic misconduct. The ANU offers a number of services to assist students with their assignments, examinations, and other learning activities. The Academic Skills and Learning Centre offers a number of workshops and seminars that you may find useful for your studies.

Online Submission

You will be required to electronically sign a declaration as part of the submission of your assignment. Please keep a copy of the assignment for your records. Unless an exemption has been approved by the Associate Dean (Education) as submission must be through Turnitin.

Hardcopy Submission

For some forms of assessment (hand written assignments, art works, laboratory notes, etc.) hard copy submission is appropriate when approved by the Associate Dean (Education). Hard copy submissions must utilise the Assignment Cover Sheet. Please keep a copy of tasks completed for your records.

Late Submission

Late submission of assessment tasks without an extension are penalised at the rate of 5% of the possible marks available per working day or part thereof. Late submission of assessment tasks is not accepted after 10 working days after the due date, or on or after the date specified in the course outline for the return of the assessment item. Late submission is not accepted for take-home examinations.

Referencing Requirements

Accepted academic practice for referencing sources that you use in presentations can be found via the links on the Wattle site, under the file named “ANU and College Policies, Program Information, Student Support Services and Assessment”. Alternatively, you can seek help through the Students Learning Development website.

Extensions and Penalties

Extensions and late submission of assessment pieces are covered by the Student Assessment (Coursework) Policy and Procedure. The Course Convener may grant extensions for assessment pieces that are not examinations or take-home examinations. If you need an extension, you must request an extension in writing on or before the due date. If you have documented and appropriate medical evidence that demonstrates you were not able to request an extension on or before the due date, you may be able to request it after the due date.

Privacy Notice

The ANU has made a number of third party, online, databases available for students to use. Use of each online database is conditional on student end users first agreeing to the database licensor’s terms of service and/or privacy policy. Students should read these carefully. In some cases student end users will be required to register an account with the database licensor and submit personal information, including their: first name; last name; ANU email address; and other information.
In cases where student end users are asked to submit ‘content’ to a database, such as an assignment or short answers, the database licensor may only use the student’s ‘content’ in accordance with the terms of service – including any (copyright) licence the student grants to the database licensor. Any personal information or content a student submits may be stored by the licensor, potentially offshore, and will be used to process the database service in accordance with the licensors terms of service and/or privacy policy.
If any student chooses not to agree to the database licensor’s terms of service or privacy policy, the student will not be able to access and use the database. In these circumstances students should contact their lecturer to enquire about alternative arrangements that are available.

Distribution of grades policy

Academic Quality Assurance Committee monitors the performance of students, including attrition, further study and employment rates and grade distribution, and College reports on quality assurance processes for assessment activities, including alignment with national and international disciplinary and interdisciplinary standards, as well as qualification type learning outcomes.

Since first semester 1994, ANU uses a grading scale for all courses. This grading scale is used by all academic areas of the University.

Support for students

The University offers students support through several different services. You may contact the services listed below directly or seek advice from your Course Convener, Student Administrators, or your College and Course representatives (if applicable).

Dr Claire Cronin

Research Interests

Human rights, atrocity crimes, transitional justice

Dr Claire Cronin

Thursday 09:00 11:00
Thursday 09:00 11:00
Dr Claire Cronin
+61 2 6125 9372

Research Interests

Dr Claire Cronin

Thursday 09:00 11:00
Thursday 09:00 11:00

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