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ATS1314: Human rights theory 1

Faculty of Arts

Human rights theory 1

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This unit is an introduction to the discipline of human rights. The central topic around which the unit is organised is the universality of human rights. Why are human rights universal? Is there a foundation for the universality of human rights? Does cultural relativism pose a problem for human rights? Torture, and the human rights of refugees and the global poor are also discussed. Students will be exposed to a variety of views on these and related questions. The unit requires no special background in any discipline.


1 - Quiz/Quizzes - 10% 2 - Participation - 15% 3 - Multimedia - 15% 4 - Exercise/s - 5% 5 - Essay - 35% 6 - In class test/s - 20%


Minimum total expected workload to achieve the learning outcomes for this unit is 144 hours per semester typically comprising a mixture of scheduled learning activities and independent study. Scheduled activities may include a combination of teacher directed learning, peer directed learning and online engagement.

Sustainable development goals

Adopted by the UN Member States in 2015, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), are an urgent call for action by all countries - developed and developing - in a global partnership. Read more

This unit covers content related to the following SDGs:

16. Peace Justice and Strong Institutions