Units of Study

PACS6915 - Human Rights, Peace and Justice

Semester 1, 2012  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Lucy Imogen Fiske


This unit explores the philosophy and development of the idea of human rights and the international human rights regime as a means of promoting peace and justice. Legal instruments and mechanisms, political strategies, humanitarian challenges and moral imperatives for implementing human rights locally and internationally are identified and discussed. Debates considered include those surrounding the universality and indivisibility of human rights, existence of group rights, ethics of humanitarian intervention and specific rights such as those of refugees, minorities and indigenous peoples.


semester 1: 1x1000wd equivalent in reading summaries (25%), 1x1000wd short essay (25%) and 1x3000wd research essay (50%). semester 2b: continuous assessment through online participation (25%), 1x1500wd case study (30%), and 1x2500wd essay (45%)


1x2-hr seminar/week or equivalent online



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