Units of Study

GOVT2111 - Human Rights and Australian Politics

Semester 2, 2011  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Anna Katherine Boucher


This unit introduces students to the notion of human rights, outlines international human rights enforcement mechanisms and the application of human rights standards in Australia. Throughout the course we consider the evolution of human rights in Australia and raise questions about the adequacy of Australia's existing human rights machinery, and examine the reasons for Australia's reluctance to adopt a Bill of Rights. We examine government policies toward the indigenous Australians, women and refugees. We also consider current legislative changes to combat terrorism and consider the implications of these changes on Australian's civil rights.


1x2500wd briefing paper (30%), 1x2hr exam (50%) and tutorial participation (20%)


1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week commencing week 2


12 Junior credit points from Government



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This unit is available as a designated 'Advanced' unit for students who are already enrolled in the BA (Advanced) degree program.

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