units

LAW5371

Faculty of Law

Postgraduate - 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 3, 0.125 EFTSL

Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.

LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedNot offered in 2015

Notes

For postgraduate Law discontinuation dates, please see http://www.law.monash.edu.au/current-students/postgraduate/pg-disc-dates.html
Previously coded as LAW7330

Quota applies

Postgraduate programs are based on a model of small group teaching and therefore class sizes need to be restricted.

Synopsis

This unit explores a range of controversial contemporary issues in relation to the rights of minority groups in order to enhance student's understanding of the way in which international law protects and promotes the human rights of vulnerable people. It will analyse the normative standards designed to ensure respect for the rights of religious, linguistic and sexual minorities as well as persons with disabilities. Students will critique the work on the UN in this field and consider whether reforms are necessary to better protect the rights of these four minority groups.

Outcomes

On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  • Apply knowledge and understanding of international human rights law in relation to linguistic, religious and sexual minorities and persons with disabilities with creativity and initiative to new situations for further learning.
  • Investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to international, regional and local approaches to minority rights.
  • Critically evaluate the effectiveness of international human rights law in protecting and promoting the rights of linguistic, religious and sexual minorities and persons with disabilities.
  • Conduct research in relation to linguistic, religious and sexual minorities and persons with disabilities based on knowledge of appropriate research principle and methods.
  • Use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to linguistic, religious and sexual minorities and persons with disabilities.

Assessment

Research assignment (6,000 words): 80%
Research poster: 10%
Class participation: 10%

Workload requirements

24 contact hours per semester (either intensive, semi-intensive or semester long, depending on the Faculty resources, timetabling and requirements)

Prerequisites