Human Rights and Australian Politics (GOVT2111)


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 unit 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.

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1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


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

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12 Junior credit points from Government and International Relations, or 12 Junior credit points from Socio-Legal Studies



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If you wish to undertake one or more units of study (subjects) for your own interest but not towards a degree, you may enrol in single units as a non-award student.

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If you are from another Australian tertiary institution you may be permitted to underake cross-institutional study in one or more units of study at the University of Sydney.