This area of study entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with the relevant course entry in the Handbook. Any units listed for this area of study relate only to the 'Requirements' outlined in the Faculty of Arts component of any bachelors double degrees.
|Managing faculty||Faculty of Arts|
|Offered by||School of Philosophical, Historical and International Studies|
In the era of globalisation, one of the most important concepts in international affairs is the idea of human rights. Human rights theory is an interdisciplinary major area of study, which examines the history and the nature of human rights, including basic conceptual issues such as:
Students also examine how these theoretical issues relate to pressing practical problems, for instance, how an understanding of human rights theory helps to address issues such as global poverty, unequal access to medicine, free trade, terrorism, warfare, humanitarian intervention, torture, surveillance, and more.
Human rights theory is an excellent complement to studies in law, criminology, journalism, international studies, philosophy, history, development studies and sustainability. Students of human rights theory will acquire strong analytic abilities and communication skills, and will have expertise in areas that are of relevance to employers in the non-government organisation (NGO) sector, a wide variety of professions and in the federal and state public service and their statutory authorities.
Students studying a sequence in human rights must complete the following two units (12 points):
Students studying a minor or major in human rights must have completed the first-year sequence. In addition: