LAWS2224 Evolution of Human Rights

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Law and Society major sequence
  • Level 2 complementary unit in the Philosophy, Politics and Economics major sequence
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Society and Culture
  • Category A broadening unit for Bachelor of Arts students where relevant according to the broadening requirements for each student
  • Level 2 elective
This unit covers the evolution of human rights in international and comparative law; considers the adequacy of human rights protections in the Australian legal system in light of current human rights controversies; and explores whether enhanced human rights protection in the form of a federal Bill of Rights, or further human rights legislation at State and Territory level, would be feasible and advantageous.
Students are able to (1) demonstrate understanding of the evolution of Australian human rights within a comparative perspective; (2) demonstrate knowledge of the evolution of international human rights; (3) evaluate the policy and legal issues involved in developing a Human Rights Act for Australia; (4) analyse basic human rights texts and journal articles; and (5) develop skills in written and oral communication.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) research essay; (2) tutorial participation; and (3) final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Murray Wesson
Unit rules
LAWS1111 Law, Conflict, and Change (formerly LAWS1111 Legal Systems)
Contact hours
3 hours per week
Students may also take this unit if they have acquired the equivalent skills in other Level 1 units.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
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  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.