Course Title: Applied Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Applied Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples

Credit Points: 12


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HUSO2295

City Campus

Postgraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2011

HUSO2295

City Campus

Postgraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2012

HUSO2295

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2017

HUSO2295

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2014

HUSO2301

City Campus

Undergraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2011

HUSO2301

City Campus

Undergraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2012

HUSO2301

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2017

HUSO2301

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban and Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Professor Mark McMillan

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8227

Course Coordinator Email: indigenous.studies@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37.2

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

In this course you will build an understanding of Indigenous peoples and human rights globally. You will gain an overview of the experiences of Indigenous peoples from around the world in relation to principles of justice and fairness. You will learn about historical context of the development and application of human rights and the growing recognition of Indigenous peoples’ rights.

Through critical examination of international and Australian frameworks that define, protect and enforce human rights, and analysis of global case studies, you will develop insights into good human rights practice. You will engage with the impact of various strategies in practice contexts to build and sustain a human rights framework and cultural competence globally.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Analyse international and national human rights frameworks as they pertain to Indigenous peoples around the world
  2. Apply recognised strategies to promote, build and sustain a human rights framework, to build a culture of human rights in a practice context.
  3. Evaluate the extent to which the human rights of Indigenous peoples are respected, protected and enforced with reference to their varying social, cultural, economic and political contexts
  4. Engage with Indigenous peoples in culturally appropriate ways that are respectful of their human rights

If undertaking this course as a postgraduate student you will be required to demonstrate greater capacity for application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation of the features and challenges of Indigenous policy



Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities will include interactive workshop activities focusing on group-based discussion and problem solving tasks. Course learning materials will be made available in a range of formats, which may include lectures, guest speakers and online media. In workshops you will also develop academic skills including analytical reading and academic writing.
In order to develop your knowledge and skills, you will be expected to participate in interactive discussions and activities and to critically engage with the reading materials. The workshops offer a supportive learning environment where you will have the opportunity to share your knowledge and experiences, and to learn from the knowledge and experience your peers. This peer-based learning may take place through small-group discussions, collaborative work on activities and assessments and/or peer reviewing of research, written work and/or oral presentations.


Overview of Learning Resources

You will be given access to a wide range of resources through a Course Reader or core textbook and also will be able to access to a wide range of online learning tools and content for your course from the student portal, myRMIT, and RMIT Library resources. These resources will include book chapters, journal articles, media articles, lecture notes, bibliographies for supplementary reading, video, and links to external websites.


Overview of Assessment

This course has 3 assessment components. Due dates and detailed assessment criteria will be presented in class and available in Blackboard.


1- Industry Interview (CLO 1,2,3 and 4)

Weight: 35%

Conduct an interview with a professional working in the field of Human Rights and/or Indigenous affairs to discuss the practical implications of engaging with Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples. Findings and reflections of the interview will be presented both verbally in class and written in a form of a report.

2- Case Study – Research Essay (CLO 1,2,3 and 4)

Weight: 45%

Select a country/region from anywhere in the world and write a research essay exploring human rights as they relate to Indigenous people including where those rights have been either supported or violated through policy and/or practice.

3- Workshop reflections (CLO 1,2,3 and 4)

Weight: 20%

During the workshops you will be asked to provide critical reflections about the topics presented in class, and to engage in discussions and activities.