GEOS5501: Human Rights and the Environment

Credit points: 6
Teacher/Coordinator: Dr Josephine Gillespie
Session: Semester 2a
Classes: our hours of class contact per week plus self-directed study
Assessment: Essays, seminars (100%)
Campus: Camperdown/Darlington
Delivery Mode: Normal (lecture/lab/tutorial) Day

This Unit of Study addresses the connections between human rights and the environment. At the same time as calls for environmental protection are becoming louder we are witnessing a growing demand to meet human rights obligations. These circumstances necessitate a re-think of the way environmental conditions and human rights are perceived and framed. This unit of study addresses the diverse and complex interaction between human rights and the environment, and posits the question – can human rights be secured in degraded environments? The course explores the complex human rights – environmental nexus through lectures and seminars in Semester 2a (weeks 1 – 7).