Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject deals with philosophical issues concerning rights. It examines views about the nature and justification of rights and the duties associated with them. It asks what rights we have against our governments, what duties and obligations we have towards our fellow citizens, as well as whether there is any conflict between democracy and rights. It also considers whether people have universal human rights and how they are related to other views about values and obligations. Finally, it addresses some controversial issues: If human rights are universal, do we have obligations to citizens of other nations? Is there a human right to health? Does global poverty constitute a human rights violation?

FacultyFaculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorGreg Bognar

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Any first year philosophy, legal studies or politics subject or permission from subject coordinator.


Incompatible subjects PHI3HUR

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Melbourne, 2014, Semester 2, Day


Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorGreg Bognar

Class requirements

Seminar Week: 31 - 43
One 2.0 hours seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via blended.


Assessment elementComments%
Final essay (2000 words)50
Short assignments (adding up to 2000 words)50