LAW, RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

LST3LSJ

2018

Credit points: 15

This subject addresses La Trobe's Sustainability Thinking Essential. Sustainability Thinking entails deep appreciation of how the choices we make affects the natural, economic, social, political and cultural systems — now and in the future.

Subject outline

This subject brings together a range of different approaches to critically understanding law, rights and social justice. The subject focuses on the ways in which both domestic and international laws can promote, hinder or violate fundamental freedoms and rights. The subject begins by examining the philosophy and practice of rights within domestic and international law, and then considers a range of different but interrelated issues, including: Indigenous rights and self determination; women in western and non-western worlds; reproductive rights; the rights of the child; poverty and homelessness; asylum seekers and refugees; counter-terrorism and torture; armed conflict, genocide and transitional justice; and environmental and animal rights.

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorSusanne Davies

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 30 credit points of second year Crime, Justice and Legal Studies subject, and 30 credit points of any second year Humanities or Social Sciences subjects, or subject coordinator's approval.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects LST2LSJ

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Apply complex theories to examine "case studies", demonstrating an understanding of the problem of universalism, cultural relativism and human rights

Activities:
Lectures; tutorial readings, discussions & activities; essay; quizzes
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Writing (Writing)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

02. Critically reflect on the definition, efficacy and scope of human rights law and practice, including discussing the concept of human rights, reflecting on the problems of both "conflicting rights" and human rights as "ideology", and using complex theories on rights from the literature

Activities:
Lectures; tutorial readings, discussions & activities; essay; quizzes
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)

04. Illustrate an understanding of domestic and international human rights law and how they relate to each other

Activities:
Lectures; tutorial readings, discussions & activities; essay, mock submission; quizzes
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Writing (Writing)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

05. Locate relevant Internet material on human rights and social justice matters, summarise this material and then identify problems and/or issues raised

Activities:
Mock submission
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

06. Write about the role of law in protecting human rights and preventing future human rights abuses, as well as the efficacy of law as a defender of human rights

Activities:
Lectures; tutorial readings, discussions & activities; essay
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical & Cultural Awareness (Ethical & Cultural Awareness)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

07. Write coherently on the gap between law in theory versus law in practice in relation to human rights and social justice, reflecting on both ideals and ideology

Activities:
Lectures; tutorial readings, discussions & activities; essay, mock submission
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

Subject options

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2018, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorSusanne Davies

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Tutorial Week: 32 - 43
One 1.0 hours tutorial per week on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
One 3000 word essay60 01, 02, 04, 05, 06, 07
One 1000 word mock submission25 02, 04, 05, 06, 07
Eight weekly quizzes (equivalent to 700 words)15 01, 02, 04