Australian Aborigines and Human Rights

Description

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.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. 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.

Content

  1. 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.

Assessment Items

Essay: Essay

Presentation: Collaborative Talking Circle Oration

Case Study / Problem Based Learning: Case Study/PBL Exercises

Contact Hours

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Tutorial

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term