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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?

SchoolSchool of Humanities & Social Sciences

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorToula Diamanto Nicolacopoulos

Available to Study Abroad StudentsNo

Subject year levelYear Level 3 - UG

Exchange StudentsNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

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


Incompatible subjects PHI2HUR

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Ability to locate, review, analyse and criticise unfamiliar ideas and arguments at an advanced level. Willingness to question and revise one's own views and assumptions. Demonstrate advanced ability to use critical reasoning.

Research, essay writing, on-line and study group learning activities.

02. Identify and critically analyse complex arguments in texts and other contexts using appropriate methods.

Research and essay writing, on-line and study group learning activities.

03. Identify and critically evaluate the underlying issues and problems in debates about complex controversial issues, analyse and critically evaluate the arguments in these debates and use appropriate strategies to resolve the problems.

Research and essay writing, on-line and study group learning activities.

04. Write a well constructed, advanced essay in support of a complex philosophical claim.

Essay writing, modelling, feedback on essay.

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