Australian Aborigines and Human Rights

Course code ABOR1390Units 10Level 1000Faculty of Education and ArtsWollotuka School of Aboriginal Studies

Focuses on defining and understanding the concept of a Human Rights Commission and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander responses to this concept in an Australian context. An introduction to the United Nations perspectives of Human Rights specifically as they relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and Australia as a nation state.

All ABOR courses are constructed with the Wollotuka Institute's Cultural Standards Framework.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
Objectives1. Develop an understanding of the concept of human rights and of the ways in which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have fought and continue to fight to defend their human rights domestically and internationally;
2. Develop an understanding of the systems that monitor human rights; and of their effectiveness and accessibility in the Australian context;
3. Explore the concept of social justice and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians;
4. Analyse human rights issues that relate to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders.
Content1. Defining human rights local and global;
2. Aboriginal experiences defending human rights within Australia
3. Defining Social Justice;
4. The right of self-determination
5. The concept of genocide
6. Recognising collective rights
7. The roles of non-governmental organisations and the media in the defense of human rights.
8. Lobbying and negotiation in the defense of human rights.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeNil
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsEssay - 2000 words - 35%
Other: (please specify)Collaborative Talking Circle Oration -2000 words equivalent 40%
Case Scenario/PBL exercisesCase Study - 1000 words - 25%
Contact HoursLecture: for 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for ABOR1390