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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Intermediate

Unit aim

Introduces students to the protection of human rights under both Australian law and international law from the viewpoint of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Considers the relationship between generic human rights and specific Indigenous human rights. Practical and theoretical understandings of how human rights law can be utilised on behalf of Indigenous Australians are addressed.

Unit content

Topic 1: Human Rights

Topic 2: Australian Rights Protection

Topic 3: Decolonisation

Topic 4: UN Declaration

Topic 5: Constitutional Reform

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 explain the frameworks for Indigenous rights established under International law and outline how they are contextually relevant to Aboriginal peoples in Australia
2 relate the major Indigenous rights movements including anti-colonial theory, decolonising methodologies and Indigenous ontologies
3 outline various movements against Indigenous rights evident in recent history, historic events and contemporary society.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. explain the frameworks for Indigenous rights established under International law and outline how they are contextually relevant to Aboriginal peoples in Australia
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    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  2. relate the major Indigenous rights movements including anti-colonial theory, decolonising methodologies and Indigenous ontologies
    • GA1:
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  3. outline various movements against Indigenous rights evident in recent history, historic events and contemporary society.
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    • GA4:
    • GA7: