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Human Rights in Context (11266.1)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 3
Faculty: Faculty of Business, Government & Law
Discipline: Canberra Law School


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This unit provides students with an understanding of the domestic and international human rights law frameworks, as well as the interaction between the two. It considers key instruments of human rights law and examines in some detail the key institutions and processes that provide juridical oversight in the human rights sphere. It also considers a number of contemporary human rights issues from the perspective of human rights law and institutions.

This unit may be co-taught with a PG version of the unit.

Learning Outcomes

After successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Analyse and apply norms of human rights law as arising out of the domestic and international human rights frameworks;

2. Identify appropriate solutions applied to real-world rights scenarios and challenges; and

3. Apply skills of: - Legal communication, research, writing and advocacy, - Legal problem solving, and - Legal systems and principles.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

One 2 hour lecture and one 1 hour problem-based learning activity on campus per week.


Must have passed at least 36 credit points including either 11251 Foundations of Law and Justice OR 11257 Law and Society.



Assumed Knowledge


Equivalent Units

7033 Human Rights Law

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