This unit introduces students to human rights frameworks, theories, and practices, and the ways these operate in diverse social and cultural contexts. The unit outlines the history and development of human rights, including international and national frameworks. Students will explore human rights practice through case study examples of a range of human rights issues, violations, and responses.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Reflect upon the meaning of Human Rights and the development of human rights frameworks  
  2. Explore a range of frameworks and approaches to human rights practice  
  3. Articulate the role of power and politics in human rights  
  4. Outline the role played by civil society in human rights practice  
  5. Discuss the major instruments that protect human rights  
  6. Demonstrate the use of academic writing and referencing  


Assessment type Description Grade
Other Reflective Writing (approx 400 words) 25%
Essay Essay (1200 words) 40%
Presentation Presentation in groups of 4 (approx 5 minutes each person plus question time) 35%

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