Introduction to Human Rights and Ethics

Queensland University of Technology

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Introduction to Human Rights and Ethics

  • Host University

    Queensland University of Technology

  • Location

    Brisbane, Australia

  • Area of Study

    Ethics, Indigenous Studies, Social Work

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Lower

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    Hours & Credits

  • Credit Points

    12
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3 - 4
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4 - 6
  • Overview

    This unit examines the relationship between human rights and thematic challenges including climate change, poverty, terrorism and oppressive forms of intolerance and discrimination. It offers the opportunities to investigate present day concerns relating to the human rights of women, indigenous peoples and minority groups as well as specific topics such as human trafficking, harmful cultural practices, workers' rights and child soldiers.
    Learning Outcomes
    To successfully complete this unit, you will:
    1. Demonstrate knowledge of the different categories of human rights and the fundamental principles underlying the contemporary human rights regime.
    2. Demonstrate knowledge of the major sources of international and national human rights law and the systems designed to protect and promote human rights.
    3. Analyse and critically discuss selected human rights and ethical issues at the national, regional and international level.
    4. Collaborate and cooperate as a member of a team on a human rights/ethical project.
    5. Demonstrate emerging communication, presentation and advocacy skills for social, ethical and human rights activism.
    Content
    This unit will explore a wide range of contemporary human rights and ethical issues within the Australian and international context. Topics will include: The history of human rights and the United Nations system, women and children's rights, asylum seekers and challenges such as poverty, religion and climate change.
    Assessment
    Assessment name: Quiz/Test
    Description: Online test A range of question types will test your knowledge of the different categories of human rights and the underlying fundamental principles, major sources of international and national human rights law and the systems designed to protect and promote human rights.
    Relates to objectives: 1,2,3
    Weight: 20
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Week 4 and 11
    Assessment name: Poster Presentation
    Description: Group Poster and Presentation You will be required to collaborate and cooperate as a member of a team on a critical n analysis of a human rights/ethical topic at either national, regional or international level. A draft plan will be presented in Weeks 5, 6 for feedback. The group will formulate a poster with bibliography and present their poster and topic analysis to their peers in Weeks 9,10.
    Relates to objectives: 3,4,5
    Weight: 50
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Group
    Due date: Weeks 9 and 10
    Assessment name: Critique (written)
    Description: Newspaper Article In this individual assessment, yYou will focus on an aspect chosen from the group topic in Assessment 2 and write a 1000 word article for a newspaper to highlight this issue, as a form of advocacy. You will be expected to use evidence from reputable Human Rights groups and relevant UN Conventions to support your case, and include a bibliography.
    Relates to objectives: 1,2,3,4,5
    Weight: 30
    Internal or external: Internal
    Group or individual: Individual
    Due date: Week 12

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