Units of Study

HSTY2624 - The Origins of Human Rights

Semester 1, 2014  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Andrew Fitzmaurice


We tend to think of rights as things that all people have held at all times, but they are not. Rights have a history. The idea of individual rights did not exist prior to medieval times and it has been understood in many different ways since. This unit traces the creation and development of the idea of rights, and its historical uses, from medieval times through to the rise of the modern state and into the Enlightenment.


1x500wd tutorial exercise (10%), 1x250wd research bibliography (5%), 1x250wds essay outline (5%), 1x2000wd final essay (50%) and 1x1.5hr exam (30%)


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


12 Junior credit points of History or Ancient History


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