Units of Study

Students undertaking postgraduate coursework degrees at the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies have the opportunity to study with expert researchers and practitioners in areas including nonviolence, community mediation, human rights, the United Nations, faith-based peacebuilding, and the psychology of peace.

For more information on the units of study currently on offer, please see the table below (for details of session date and time for each unit, you can view the DPACS timetable).

Since not all units in the program are offered in every calendar year, you can also find out more about our full range of electives on the Units of Study section of this website.

PACS6915 - Human Rights, Peace and Justice

Semester 1, 2012  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Ms Lucy Fiske and Adjunct Professor Sev Ozdowski (S1); Dr Sandra Phelps (S2b, online)


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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