Units of Study

GOVT6117 - International Politics of Human Rights

Semester 1, 2012  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Dr Mauro di Nicola


This unit introduces students to the notion of human rights, outlines international human rights enforcement mechanisms and the application of human rights standards globally. Throughout the course we consider the evolution of human rights and consider questions about the adequacy of existing human rights machinery. We examine criticisms by a range of commentators of the UN and other international rights institutions and discuss alternatives for protecting international human rights. We also look at the role played by Non-Government Organisations in advancing and protecting human rights throughout the world.


1x2500wd essay (45%), 2x1250wd seminar papers (40%), tutorial participation (15%)


1x2-hr lecture/week, 1x1-hr tutorial/week commencing week 2



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