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MLM719 - Human Rights Law and Policy

Year:2020 unit information
Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2, 2020 will be online.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Cloud (online)
Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Jane Kotzmann
Prerequisite:

Students enrolled in M737 and M726: MLM704

Students enrolled in M729: MLJ701 and MLJ709

Corequisite:Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the trimester undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

2h class + 1h seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

2h class (recordings provided) + 1h online seminar per week

Content

This unit provides an introduction to international human rights law.  It will consider human rights standards as established in international law, international law mechanisms in place to enforce these standards and situations when limitations on human rights are permitted.  The implementation of human rights at the domestic level will also be critically examined.  The study will include consideration of specific human rights and specific contemporary issues in human rights law, with a particular focus on the relationship between government policy and human rights practice.

 

These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this Unit
At the completion of this Unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

ULO1

Identify, explain and critically analyse the underlying principles and key standards of international human rights, including the content of various human rights.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities
GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking

ULO2

Identify, explain and critically analyse international mechanisms designed to enforce international human rights norms.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities 
GLO4: Critical thinking

ULO3

Critically evaluate aspects of human rights law in light of contemporary human rights issues and government policy.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities  GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking

ULO4

Explain and critically analyse the relevance of international human rights jurisprudence and judgments to human rights law in Australia.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities  GLO2: Communication
GLO4: Critical thinking

ULO5

Plan and undertake independent legal research on issues within international human rights law.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities GLO6: Self-management

ULO6

Synthesise knowledge to develop and propose solutions to existing human rights issues, taking into account the influence of government policy.

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities GLO2: Communication
GLO5: Problem solving
GLO8: Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year

Assessment

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Assessment Description Length Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Due week 
Assessment 1: (Individual) Policy related research essay 4000 words 40%  
Assessment 2: (Individual) Policy related research essay, 6000 words 60%  

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.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: MLM719 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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