Course Title: Applied Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Applied Human Rights and Indigenous Peoples

Credit Points: 12


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

HUSO2301

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban & Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2015

HUSO2295

City Campus

Postgraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2012

HUSO2295

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban & Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2014

HUSO2301

City Campus

Undergraduate

360H Education

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2011

HUSO2295

City Campus

Postgraduate

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

HUSO2295

City Campus

Postgraduate

365H Global, Urban & Social Studies

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2015

HUSO2301

City Campus

Undergraduate

365H Global, Urban & Social Studies

Face-to-Face or Internet

Sem 2 2014

Course Coordinator: Professor Rob Watts

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 8247

Course Coordinator Email:rob.watts@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 37.2.11

Course Coordinator Availability: Email for appointment


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

This course is designed to assist people working in a variety of settings (eg. government departments, schools, hospitals, justice, community services, advocacy or policy organisations and local government) who work with Indigenous peoples. It will assist you to think about human rights principles when working with Indigenous peoples, develop insights into human rights practice and apply your knowledge to practice settings. There will be a focus on the Victorian experience and the obligations established by the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities 2006.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  • an introductory level understanding of human rights as they pertain to Indigenous peoples;
  • an appreciation of the experiences of being an Indigenous person, the social, cultural, economic and political contexts facing Indigenous peoples and the extent to which Indigenous peoples have their human rights respected;
  • an appreciation of the Victorian Charter, what it means for Indigenous peoples, and obligations to act in respect of it;
  • an understanding of prejudice, what it looks like and how it impacts on Indigenous peoples’ rights;
  • an understanding of what is required and the skills necessary to engage and work with Indigenous peoples in culturally appropriate ways that are respectful of their human rights;
  • an understanding of various strategies to build a culture of human rights, and the ability to apply a range of practical strategies to address breaches of human rights and to promote, build and sustain a human rights framework within the organisation in which you work.


The course will assist you to build an understanding of Indigenous peoples and cultures and human rights in contemporary Australia. It will begin with an overview of the experience of being an Indigenous person and introduce you to an analysis of the degree to which Indigenous peoples’ human rights are currently acknowledged and respected – or not. You will then undertake an historical inquiry into the development and application of human rights and the growing recognition of Indigenous peoples’ rights. You will explore the impact and legacy of colonisation on and for Indigenous peoples. You will interrogate common populist views of Indigenous peoples as well as emerging developments around cultural competence and contemporary Indigenous perspectives. Consideration will be given to cultural dominance and concepts of “whiteness” and how it impacts on Indigenous peoples’ rights. Knowledge and relevant skills will be developed to help you recognise and respond to this kind of cultural dominance and discrimination. You will then explore the value and impact of various strategies to build and sustain a human rights framework and cultural competence within the context in which you work.


Overview of Learning Activities

This course may involve both weekly workshops as well as work-integrated learning. It will combine some formal input with problem based learning using small groups and interactions with Indigenous people.


Overview of Learning Resources

Learning resource materials will be made available on line.


Overview of Assessment

You will prepare class and work based activities, which may include written reports, essays, professional folios and annotated visual reports to demonstrate your learning in this course.