History, Politics and Human Rights

HIS30012 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn Available to incoming Study Abroad and Exchange students

Duration

  • 1 Semester/Teaching Period

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

2020 teaching periods

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

Dates:
4 Nov 19 - 9 Feb 20

Results:
3 Mar 20

Last self enrolment:
10 Nov 19

Census:
29 Nov 19

Last withdraw without fail:
27 Dec 19

More teaching periods

Hawthorn

Higher Ed. Semester 1

Dates:
2 Mar 20 - 31 May 20

Results:
7 Jul 20

Last self enrolment:
15 Mar 20

Census:
31 Mar 20

Last withdraw without fail:
17 Apr 20

Swinburne Online

Teaching Period 3

Dates:
2 Nov 20 - 7 Feb 21

Results:
2 Mar 21

Last self enrolment:
15 Nov 20

Census:
27 Nov 20

Last withdraw without fail:
25 Dec 20


Prerequisites

50 Credit Points at Level 2

Aims and objectives

This unit introduces students to the international framework for human rights. Beginning with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the unit examines responses to genocide, inequality and
campaigns for civil rights and self-determination. Through an historical analysis of case studies the unit reflects on
the limitations in human rights law and the “human condition” more generally.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Analyse and explain the framework for the development of human rights including the various covenants, conventions and declarations formulated through the United Nations;
2. Examine key struggles for human rights in the twentieth century;
3. Locate, interrogate, and integrate primary and secondary source documents in the development of an argument;
4. Critically analyse key historiographical debates in human rights literature and examine the limitations of human rights declarations.