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Unit Overview


This is the capstone integrative unit for the Bachelor of Human Rights. It will equip students with skills essential for work in human rights-focused organisations. Over the course of the semester, students will produce a report on a contemporary human rights issue. Through a series of seminars with academics and human rights practitioners, students will develop a novel research proposal, acquire the skills necessary to conduct independent research on a human rights issue, and produce a series of outputs, culminating in a final report on their chosen issue. Students will also consider a range of methodological and ethical issues concerning human rights scholarship and communication.

6 points
Not available in 2024UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Human Rights major sequence
  • Level 3 option in the International Relations major sequence
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) distinguish between, and employ, a range of approaches to human rights research (e.g. philosophical, empirical, activist); (2) consider and evaluate a range of primary and secondary sources in students' areas of interest; (3) design a human rights research proposal consistent with appropriate methodological and ethical practices; (4) understand and employ best practice in human rights research and writing; (5) produce a substantial, well-research report on a contemporary human rights issue; and (6) develop research and communication skills essential to working in the field.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research proposal; (2) research project; and (3) seminar participation. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ky Gentry
Unit rules
Successful completion of
HUMR2001 Global and Environmental Justice
Contact hours
12 weeks: 1 x 3 hour seminar per week.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.
  • Contact hours provide an indication of the type and extent of in-class activities this unit may contain. The total amount of student work (including contact hours, assessment time, and self-study) will approximate 150 hours per 6 credit points.