ASS235 - Culture, Law and Universal Rights


2024 unit information

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


Corequisite: Nil
Incompatible with: Nil
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), 1 x 1-hour online seminar per week


Culture, Law and Universal Rights introduces students to the range of ways that humans regulate, shape and police what happens in their societies. The unit begins be examining the foundations of Western legal systems (e.g. Australian, European), and expands to consider alternative approaches to social order. It incorporates considerations of customary law, legal pluralism and arguments for universal rights. The unit also considers the contextual factors that impact how laws are enacted, including historical, political and economic factors, and considerations of power. Graduates of this unit will be able to recognise and critique the range of contextualising factors that influence the development, recognition and execution of various laws, both formal and informal. Case studies will be drawn from Australian and international examples.

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