Units of Study

HRTD6901 - Human Rights: Norms and Mechanisms 1

Semester 2, 2014  |  Credit Points: 6

Coordinator: Elisabeth Maria Valiente-Riedl


This unit provides a foundational understanding of the content and philosophical justifications of human rights norms. Philosophical, historical and positivist perspectives will be bought together in this unit to allow students to grasp the content of human rights and the justification for norms that become law and to think about how to develop other justifications in the different cultural and social contexts. Using a case study method it will cover institutional protection mechanisms, including UN treaty and charter bodies.


2000wd essay (40%) and 1500wd equivalent participation in class exercises (30%) and 1500wd reflection report (30%)


1x3-hr seminar/week


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