AIR203 - Human Rights in World Politics


2024 unit information

Enrolment modes: Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Online
Credit point(s): 1
EFTSL value: 0.125
Cohort rule: Nil


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: AIR234
Study commitment

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

This will include educator guided online learning activities within the unit site.

Scheduled learning activities - campus

1 x 1-hour lecture per week, 1 x 1-hour seminar per week

Scheduled learning activities - online

1 x 1-hour lecture 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.

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