- Code POLS2113
- 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
- Academic career UGRD
- Dr Claire Cronin
- Mode of delivery In Person
Second Semester 2021
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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.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
- understand the key events and policy debates in the development of the international human rights regime;
- apply international relations theories and concepts to cases studies and issues of human rights;
- understand how the international human rights regime works in world politics; and
- think, write, and argue critically and logically about human rights issues from a political science perspective.
- Midterm examination -- 90 minutes, including reading time (20) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Essay -- 2500 words (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Final examination -- 135 minutes, including reading time (35) [LO 1,2,3,4]
- Tutorial participation (10) [LO 1,2,3,4]
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130 hours of total student learning time made up from:
a) 48 hours of contact over 12 weeks: 24 hours of lectures, and 12 hours of tutorials; and
b) 82 hours of independent student research, reading and writing.
Requisite and Incompatibility
All reading is provided on the course Wattle site.
Additional readings to be provided via Wattle
Assumed KnowledgeFamiliarity with basic concepts and theories in requisite 1000-level POLS courses
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