LAW, RIGHTS AND SOCIAL JUSTICE

LST3LSJ

Not currently offered

Credit points: 15

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-ordinatorNicola Henry

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites 30 credit points of second year Legal Studies 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

Learning resources

Readings

Resource TypeTitleResource RequirementAuthor and YearPublisher
ReadingsLSJ materials book available from bookshopPrescribedtbatba

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; exam; 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)

03. Edit written work to a high standard based on feedback given

Activities:
Preparation and production of blogs
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)

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, exam; quizzes
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)

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

Activities:
Preparation and production of blogs
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; exam
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, exam; preparation and production of blogs
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Life-Long Learning (Life-Long Learning)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Writing (Writing)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

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