AIR203 - Human Rights in World Politics

Year: 2019 unit information
Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Unit chair:

Costas Laoutides





Incompatible with:


Contact hours:

Campus: 1 x 1-hour Class per week, 1 x 1-hour Seminar per week
Cloud (online): 1 x 1-hour class per week (recordings provided) and 1 x 1-hour seminar per week


The unit explores the evolution of the modern human rights regime as well as some of the major debates about the role of human rights in international relations, such as: the dichotomy between individual and group rights; discussion on Universalism and Relativism; the relation between state sovereignty, violence and human rights. Accordingly the unit focuses on critically applying these debates to contemporary issues of human suffering such as: genocide, forced migration, state terrorism. The unit will then examine international mechanisms of addressing human wrongs in world politics such as humanitarian intervention and the International Criminal Court. The unit will conclude with recent challenges on human rights coming from the changing nature of warfare in the twenty first century, to this end the role of private military companies and the use of artificial intelligence in the battlefield will be explored.


Online Quiz 20%

Research Essay, 1500 words, 40%

Test, 1000 words, 40%