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.
1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week
1x2500wd briefing paper (30%), 1x2hr exam (50%), Tutorial participation (20%)
12 Junior credit points each in either Government and International Relations or Socio-Legal Studies or or 12 credit points at 1000 level in Politics or International RelationsProhibitions