UQ:Human Rights & International Politics

Subject POLS20029 (2012)

Note: This is an archived Handbook entry from 2012.

Credit Points: 12.50
Level: 2 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject is not offered in 2012.

Time Commitment: Contact Hours: Online classes from July to October through the University of Queensland, Australia. This subject is only available online.
Total Time Commitment: Not available

Admission into the D-GLOBISS Diploma in Global Issues or 777CC Certificate in Global Issues.

Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:

For the purposes of considering requests for Reasonable Adjustments under the Disability
Standards for Education (Cwth 2005), and Students Experiencing Academic Disadvantage
Policy, academic requirements for this course are articulated in the Course Description, Course
Objectives and Generic Skills of this entry. The University is dedicated to provide support to
those with special requirements. Further details on the disability support scheme can be found
at the Disability Liaison Unit website: http://www.services.unimelb.edu.au/disability/


U21 International Programs Coordinator
Melbourne Global Mobility
Level 1, Old Geology Building
Email: u21-gip@unimelb.edu.au
Phone: +61 3 8344 3849

Subject Overview:

This subject examines the theory and practice of human rights in world politics. It covers the philosophical foundations of human rights, the development of human rights norms, and the strengths and weaknesses in enforcing these norms. Attention will be focussed not only on major human rights violations such as genocide, torture and political repression, but also on claims for the rights of women, refugees and the developing world to combat poverty and malnutrition.


After successfully completing this course you should be able to:

1 Comprehensively appreciate the genealogy of Human Rights and their growing relevance on the way nation-states conduct their domestic and foreign policy.
2 Use tools you have learned to engage the matter critically by situating Human Rights within contending discourses, cases and perspectives.
3 Identify and understand the historical forces and philosophical schools of thoughts that have contributed to shaping and reshaping the imagination attached to Human Rights, and deepen your sense of responsible citizenship towards others within the Australian community and beyond.
4 Demonstrate tools and knowledge that will make you more competitive in your professional activities in a variety of fields and positions.


Tutorial participation, policy recommendation writing, essay and exam.

Prescribed Texts:


Breadth Options:

This subject is not available as a breadth subject.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Links to further information: http://www.mobility.unimelb.edu.au/outbound/u21/gip/index.html
Related Course(s): U21 Certificate in Global Issues
U21 Diploma in Global Issues

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