• Total units 48 Units
  • Areas of interest Human Rights
  • Major code HMRT-MAJ

This major introduces students to the theoretical frameworks, policy instruments, and cutting-edge debates in the field of international human rights. It helps students understand the evolution of human rights in its philosophical, historical, and political contexts, various policy tools and actors for the promotion and protection of human rights, the interplay between human rights theory and practice, and important country cases around the globe. This major is designed to provide students with a robust understanding of key issues relating to the study of human rights in the contemporary world.

Learning Outcomes

  1. identify, discuss and analyse the key moments, issues and debates in the emergence of the contested concept of human rights;

  2. identify and appraise the differing applications of human rights in theory, law and practice;
  3. explain and assess the major contemporary theoretical debates within the human rights discourse; and
  4. recognise and assess the intersection between theories of human rights and the application of human rights standards in practice.

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This major requires the completion of 48 units, which must include:

A maximum of 12 units of courses at 1000 level

A minimum of 6 units of courses at 3000 level

18 units from the completion of the following course(s):

HIST2112 - Plagues, Pandemics and Public Health in History (6 units)

HIST2238 - Human Rights in History (6 units)

POLS2113 - Human Rights (6 units)

POLS3035 - The Politics of International Law (6 units)

POLS3040 - Conflict and Change in Sub-Saharan Africa (6 units)

12 units from the completion of the following:

PHIL1004 - Fundamental Ideas in Philosophy: An Introduction (6 units)

POLS1002 - Introduction to Politics (6 units)

POLS1005 - Introduction to International Relations: Foundations and Concepts (6 units)

POLS1006 - Introduction to International Relations: Contemporary Global Issues (6 units)

6 units from the completion of the following:

SOCY2043 - Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods (6 units)

POLS2044 - Contemporary Political Analysis (6 units)

POLS3045 - Qualitative Methods in Political Science Research (6 units)

12 units from the completion of the following list:

ANTH2009 - Culture and Development (6 units)

ANTH2025 - Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (6 units)

ANTH2129 - Crossing Borders: Migration, Identity and Livelihood (6 units)

ASIA2081 - Human Rights in Asia (6 units)

ENGL3037 - Literature, Law and Human Rights (6 units)

HIST2022 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History (6 units)

HIST2133 - Race and Racism in Western Culture, c.1450–1950 (6 units)

HIST2226 - Nazi Germany (6 units)

HIST2228 - The Enlightenment: Europe and the World 1660-1800 (6 units)

HIST2232 - Crime and Justice: Historical Dilemmas (6 units)

INDG3001 - First Nations Peoples, the State and Public Policy in Australia (6 units)

PHIL2020 - Theories of Social Justice (6 units)

POLS2011 - Development and Change (6 units)

POLS2063 - Contemporary Political Theory (6 units)

POLS2095 - Politics in Latin America (6 units)

POLS2100 - Genocide in the Modern World (6 units)

POLS2101 - Refugee Politics: Displacement and Exclusion in the 20th and 21st Centuries (6 units)

POLS2119 - Ideas in Politics (6 units)

POLS2123 - Peace and Conflict Studies (6 units)

POLS3032 - The Politics of Empire (6 units)

SOCY2030 - Social Inequalities and Development (6 units)

SOCY2157 - Surveillance and Society (6 units)

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