Human Rights Law (7033.6)
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|Faculty Of Business, Government & Law
|Canberra Law School
|Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
| Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan Social Work_Exclude 0905)
Band 5 2021 (Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
- Discuss the historical development of human rights thought and human rights law;
- Examine the international and domestic human rights law frameworks, and the interaction between the two;
- Consider the key instruments of human rights law, both domestic and international;
- Demonstrate both strengths and weaknesses in domestic and international human rights protection;
- Examine in some detail the institutions and processes, both domestic and international, that provide juridical oversight in the human rights sphere;
- Examine the extent to which human rights are protected under Australian common law, legislation and the Constitution;
- Examine a number of contemporary human rights issues from the perspective of human rights law.
Learning outcomesOn completion of this unit, students will be able to:
1. Compare and contrast factors arising from the development and rationale of human rights law;
2. Explain and evaluate the relationship between international human rights conventions and Australian domestic law;
3. Explain and evaluate how human rights are protected under Australian common law and statute, as well as under the Australian Constitution;
4. Explain and evaluate the role and functions of various juridical institutions and processes tasked with the protection of human rights;
5. Apply international, federal and state/territory human rights law to a given set of facts.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
1. UC graduates are professional - use creativity, critical thinking, analysis and research skills to solve theoretical and real-world problems
2. UC graduates are global citizens - adopt an informed and balanced approach across professional and international boundaries
2. UC graduates are global citizens - communicate effectively in diverse cultural and social settings
2. UC graduates are global citizens - think globally about issues in their profession
2. UC graduates are global citizens - understand issues in their profession from the perspective of other cultures
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - adapt to complexity, ambiguity and change by being flexible and keen to engage with new ideas
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - be self-aware
3. UC graduates are lifelong learners - reflect on their own practice, updating and adapting their knowledge and skills for continual professional and academic development
PrerequisitesStudents must have passed 36 credit points prior to enrolment into this unit.
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- No required books
- Weekly readings posted on the course site, usally with electronic link
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
Submission of the Essays assignment is electronic. A dropbox will be created for this purpose on the course site. Written Online Forum Submissions are also electronic, but can go straight into the forum/discussion thread (do not upload documents). All submissions are subject to the conditions detailed in relation to each assessment item (e.g. plagiarism, late submissions, word count and citation style) .
Special assessment requirements
Note that completing all assessment items is compulsory to pass this unit.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Participation is part of your assessment schedule. Familiarise yourself with this. It has been your unit convenor's experience that participation can make a difference, particularly where a final grade is otherwise 'on the fence'. And of course regular participation will make successful completion of your other assessment items significantly more likely.
Required IT skills
Basic skills such as word processing
Navigating skillfully around the internet
Work placement, internships or practicums