Course Coordinator:Juan Caceres (firstname.lastname@example.org) School:School of Law and Society
UniSC Sunshine Coast
UniSC Moreton Bay
|Blended learning||Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.|
|Online||You can do this course without coming onto campus.|
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International Justice and Human Rights examines the nature of human rights and the enshrining of those rights in law, both domestically and internationally. You will be introduced to the sources of human rights in Australia and examine those derived from the Commonwealth Constitution, enunciated in case law and articulated in international declarations and covenants. A number of selected topics provide scope for detailed investigation and raise issues associated with anti-discrimination legislation; those of migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers in a contemporary context and Australia's counter terrorism laws.
|Learning materials – 13 hours Learning Materials (asynchronous); and||1hr||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – 11 x 2-hour tutorials (synchronous)||2hrs||Week 1||11 times|
|Seminar – 1-2 x 2-hour online all-cohort sessions (synchronous) (face to face and online)||2hrs||Throughout teaching period (refer to Format)||Once Only|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Online tutorial||2hrs||Week 1||11 times|
|Learning materials – 13 x 1 hr Learning Materials (asynchronous)||1hr||Week 1||13 times|
|Seminar – 1-2 2 hr seminars online||2hrs||Throughout teaching period (refer to Format)||Once Only|
Introducing International Justice and Human Rights
Human Rights: History, Philosophy and Social Struggles
Australia, International Law, and Human Rights
Treaty System, Jurisdiction, Sovereignty, and State Immunities in International Law
International Law and Justice: Sources of Convention and Practice
The International Human Rights Regime (Part 1): Human Rights Law
The International Human Rights Regime (Part 2): International Humanitarian Law
Laws of War and The Use of Force
International Criminal Law
The International Law of the Sea: a case-study on asylum seekers
The ‘Others’ of International Justice
200 Level (Developing)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...|
|1||Contribute and engage in course content discussions with lecturer and peers during the seminars.||Engaged|
|2||Discuss, explain and describe international justice, human rights, theory and practice including actors, institutions, processes, key events.||Knowledgeable|
|3||Demonstrate research, critical analysis skills, and argument development in essay papers, in preparation and participation of the seminar.||Creative and critical thinker|
|4||Apply scholarly writing, research and reference practice in the field of International Justice and Human Rights.||Empowered|
Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.
Any 2 courses or enrolled in Program AR505 or AR605
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
The course includes an early assessment (not a Substantial Assessment Task) that provides formative feedback on academic progress that focuses on development of the essay. Students will submit an essay plan in week 4 that will be peer reviewed in the seminar and/or by the lecturer.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
|Throughout teaching period (refer to Format)||To Supervisor|
|Week 7||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|All||3||Oral and Written Piece||Individual||40%||
2000 words plus 1 minute speech and active participation throughout simulation
|Refer to Format||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check and in class|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Portfolio and Participation|
You will read the weekly readings, take note and/or answer tutorial questions and submit via email BEFORE the seminar/tutorial.
Students will complete all required readings and summarise these and/or answer any tutorial questions and submit, via email, BEFORE each seminar/tutorial.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Essay|
To undertake research and write an essay that explores a topic regarding international justice and human rights.
The 2000 word essay is written as a formal academic essay with appropriate acknowledgement of research sources presented with references. You will answer one question from the topics provided on Canvas. Particular attention will be focused on the inclusion of empirical data to support points and arguments made, integration of arguments with politics, practices, and theory of international human rights, and, on critical analysis and synthesis of materials in the essay. The essay should apply the Harvard style of referencing with a List of References (LOR) at the end.
|All - Assessment Task 3:United Nations Human Rights Council simulation|
The simulation event has been designed to create an authentic research experience emulating the workings of the UNHRC. It is a requirement of the course to attend to all sessions of this simulation.You will attend the simulation guidelines session (held in a class), research and analyse the simulation topic, submit simulation paper before the simulation, and make an oral presentation at the simulation on the country or NGO you are to represent, and actively participate in class discussions during the simulation.
|Product:||Oral and Written Piece|
You will be allotted country or NGO and a topic (in Week 2) regarding a contemporary issue or event of international justice and human rights that will be raised in the UNHRC. This topic will be investigated and analysed, and you will represent your country or NGO on the Council. Using this research and critical thinking you will develop and write a research paper addressing the topic area. The Symposium paper (2000 words) will be written as a formal academic report and will apply the Harvard style of referencing with a List of References (LOR). The simulation oral presentation will be given orally to the class during the simulation. This will include an introductory speech outlining your position (1 minute) and then contribute toward the working of the UNHRC as it seek a resolution on the topic area. The simulation is an opportunity for you to discuss your paper's research and findings and for you to represent your country or NGO in an international forum. So, in addition to writing the paper and presenting your research you are also required to participate actively in the simulation. Important guidelines and discussion regarding the topic, how to approach it, and the simulation, will be presented throughout the semester prior to the simulation and guidelines will be given. Submit the paper in week 11 to Canvas. The oral exercise will be presented in weeks 11 or 12 (ass allocated by the Course Coordinator in week 2).
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.
Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.
|Required||Daniel Moeckli, Sangeeta Shah, and Sandesh Sivakumaran||2017||International Human Rights Law||3||Oxford University Press|
Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation. It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline. This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.
Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person. You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.
In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin. This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.
Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying: The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4% The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct
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