Rights and Public Policy

Subject 166-442 (2009)

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Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 4 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2009:

Semester 2, - Taught on campus.
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period not applicable
Assessment Period End not applicable
Last date to Self-Enrol not applicable
Census Date not applicable
Last date to Withdraw without fail not applicable

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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: A 2-hour seminar per week
Total Time Commitment: 2 contact hours/week , 8 additional hours/week. Total of 10 hours per week.
Prerequisites: Admission to the postgraduate certificate/ diploma or fourth-year honours in political science, sociology, public policy and management, criminology, socio-legal studies or the Master of Public Policy and Management, Master of Social Policy or Master of Criminology.
Corequisites: This is a compulsory subject in the Master of Public Policy and Management (200 point program)
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering request for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Student Support and Engagement Policy, academic requirements for this subject are articulated in the Subject Overview, Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Generic Skills sections of this entry.

It is University policy to take all reasonable steps to minimise the impact of disability upon academic study, and reasonable adjustments will be made to enhance a student's participation in the University's programs. Students who feel their disability may impact on meeting the requirements of this subject are encouraged to discuss this matter with a Faculty Student Adviser and Student Equity and Disability Support: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/disability


Dr John Henry Chesterman


Dr. John Chesterman
Subject Overview: This subject aims to assist students with the development of skills relevant in the policy-making process. This is carried out by familiarising students with legal and political developments within a variety of rights fields and by requiring them to reflect on the institutions responsible for defining and protecting rights. We consider rights issues such as freedom of speech, sexual and racial discrimination, assisted reproductive technologies, euthanasia, Indigenous rights and the impact of bills of rights. Students who complete this subject shoud gain skills relevant to policy-making processes.
  • gain skills that would be relevant in the policy-making process;
  • understand recent developments within legal and ethical philosophy;
  • understand the institutions (courts, parliaments and administrative agencies) responsible for implementing programs in Australia;
Assessment: A research essay of 5000 words (due during the examination period).
Prescribed Texts:
Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:
  • be able to apply research skills and critical methods to a field of inquiry;
  • be able to develop persuasive arguments on a given topic;
  • be able to communicate oral and written arguments and ideas effectively and articulately.

Formerly available as 166-058 and 166-442. Students who have completed 166-058 or 166-442 are not eligible to enrol in this subject.

This is a compulsory subject in the Master of Public Policy and Management 200-point program.

Related Course(s): Bachelor of Public Policy and Management
Bachelor of Public Policy and Management(Honours)
Master of Criminology (CWT)
Master of Development Studies (Gender & Development)
Master of Public Policy and Management (Coursework)
Master of Social Policy
Related Majors/Minors/Specialisations: Criminology
Gender Studies
Gender Studies
Gender Studies
Political Science
Political Science
Political Science
Public Policy and Management
Public Policy and Management
Socio-Legal studies
Socio-legal Studies

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