2020 unit information
Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.
Last updated: 2 June 2020
Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.
1 x 1-hour class per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week
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.
These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit
At the completion of this unit, successful students can:
Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes
Apply the concept of human rights in international politics, evaluate the scholarly debates surrounding this concept and develop a clear understanding of the human rights norms and rules in the international system and the challenges they face
GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
Engage in critical analysis of particular episodes of human suffering in world politics and to provide an assessment of human rights debates by discussing ideas with clarity
GLO4: Critical thinking
Evaluate the evolving challenges to human rights in the twenty first century and the consequent impact on the human rights standards in the international political system
GLO8: Global citizenship
These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year
The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.
The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: AIR203 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.
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