PAIS352 International Human Rights

Updated: 24 October 2018
Credit Points 6
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Online
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is no supervised examination.
Pre-requisites 12cp in Political and International Studies or any 48cp or candidature in a postgraduate award
Co-requisites None
Restrictions ASIN252 or ASIN352 or ASIN452 or PAIS452 or PAIS552

offered in odd numbered years

Combined Units PAIS552 - International Human Rights
Coordinator(s) Tim Battin (
Unit Description

The unit is a study of the politics of international human rights. It focuses on the variations in interpretation of the international human rights regime and the emphases on differing sets of rights. This will include the debates on universalism versus relativism, the relationship between human rights and 'democracy', the political economy of rights promotion and abuse, and the role of human rights in the political relations among states.

Materials Textbook information will be displayed approximately 8 weeks prior to the commencement of the teaching period. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.
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Assessment Assessment information will be published prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate a broad and coherent body of knowledge of the range of contemporary international approaches to human rights;
  2. apply an understanding of debates between relativistic and universalistic approaches to human rights;
  3. assess the significance of 'human rights' issues in relations among states, and present a clear, coherent and independent exposition of knowledge and ideas;
  4. analyse and evaluate major aspects of global political economy affecting international human rights; and
  5. demonstrate analytical skills, writing skills and conceptual abilities at a level appropriate to undergraduate study.