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LAW5442

Faculty of Law

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Law
OfferedNot offered in 2015

Notes

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 developments in the laws relating to racial, ethnic and linguistic minorities around the world, and evaluates them, using international human rights norms, in order to enhance students' understanding of the way in which international law protects and promotes people identifying, or identified as belonging to minority groups. Students will analyse contemporary issues such as self-identity and recognition at international law, exclusionary laws impacting upon minorities, anti-discrimination laws, ethnic violence and other restraints on ethnic and cultural practices. Students will critique the work on the UN in this field and consider cultural relativisms arguments before examining what, if any, reforms might be necessary to better protect the rights of people in racial, ethnic and linguistic minorities.

Outcomes

On completion of this unit students will be able to:

  1. apply knowledge and understanding of international human rights law in relation to racial, ethnic and linguistic minorities with creativity and initiative to new situations for further learning;
  2. investigate, analyse and synthesise complex information, problems, concepts and theories in relation to international, regional and local approaches to the rights of racial, ethnic and linguistic minorities;
  3. critically evaluate the effectiveness of international human rights law in protecting and promoting the rights of racial, ethnic and linguistic minorities;
  4. critically evaluate cultural relativists' arguments against respecting the rights of racial, ethnic and linguistic minorities in certain parts of the world;
  5. conduct research in relation to racial, ethnic and linguistic minorities based on knowledge of appropriate research principle and methods; and
  6. use cognitive, technical and creative skills to generate and evaluate at an abstract level complex ideas and concepts relevant to racial, ethnic and linguistic minorities.

Assessment

Research assignment(6,000 words): 80%
In-class presentation: 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).Students will be expected to do reading set for class, and to undertake additional research and reading applicable to a 6 credit point unit.

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