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Unit Overview

Description
Human rights have become a central issue in international politics, observable in the increasing number of political claims for human rights that have been advanced in recent decades. This unit examines the theory and politics of human rights in a global context. It first considers different normative approaches to conceptualising human rights, and their contested philosophical foundations. It then analyses the politics of human rights through a range of empirical cases, which may include refugees, security, citizenship, development justice, and climate change.
Credit
6 points
Offering
AvailabilityLocationModeFirst year of offer
Not available in 2022UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) explain and analyse the development of the human rights discourse and its significance in international politics; (2) identify the strengths and weaknesses of key normative and philosophical approaches to human rights; (3) evaluate debates regarding human rights in global politics; and (4) communicate in written and oral assessments using the conventions of the discipline.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) seminar preparation and participation; (2) a research essay; and (3) analytical assignments. 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
Prerequisites:
Successful completion of POLS1102 Understanding Global Politics
Co-requisites:
Nil
Incompatibility:
POLS5686 International Norms, Ethics and Human Rights
Contact hours
1 x 2 hour online lecture per week.
1 x 1 hour tutorial per week.
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