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ATS1314

Faculty of Arts

Undergraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelUndergraduate
FacultyFaculty of Arts
Organisational UnitPhilosophy
OfferedCaulfield First semester 2015 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Mr Robert Arrell

Synopsis

This unit is an introduction to the discipline of human rights. The central topic around which the unit is organised is the universality of human rights. Why are human rights universal? Is there a foundation for the universality of human rights? Does cultural relativism pose a problem for human rights? Torture, and the human rights of refugees and the global poor are also discussed. Students will be exposed to a variety of views on these and related questions. The unit requires no special background in any discipline.

Outcomes

Students successfully completing this subject should have developed:

  1. Mastery of the basic concepts of human rights, the structure of the most important international human rights legal instruments and the central justifications offered for taking human rights to be universal;
  2. Improved writing skills;
  3. Improved oral communication skills;
  4. Familiarity with central positions in philosophical accounts of the justification and explanation of human rights;
  5. Skills to assist them to conduct independent research in human rights topics.

Assessment

Within semester assessment: 70%
Exam: 30%

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. A unit requires on average three/four hours of scheduled activities per week. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

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