Course Title: International Human Rights and Law

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: International Human Rights and Law

Credit Points: 12


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 2 2006,
Sem 2 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2016,
Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020


City Campus


365H Global, Urban and Social Studies


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Dr. Binoy Kampmark

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2174

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Building 37, level 2

Course Coordinator Availability: By appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In this course, you will explore contemporary human rights, in particular international human rights law. Human rights allow the international community to determine limits of what a State may do in relation to its nationals and aliens. You will consider the influences of international laws and political contexts as well as the overlap between the traditional effect of relations between States and the traditional effect of relations between the State and individuals. You will critique international systems and how human rights are implemented and enforced.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

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

  1. Recognise the nature and universality of human rights, various international covenants, agreements, and instruments;
  2. Critically assess the key features of current challenge of globalisation within the context of international law and human rights;
  3. Evaluate the achievements of human rights movements and the dilemmas in seeking to realise human rights ideals in the world’s diverse cultures;
  4. Appraise international laws relating to human rights and the context and sources of those laws.

In this course, you will develop the following graduate capabilities:

  • Ethical practice
  • Social and cultural responsibility
  • Independent and collaborative practice

Overview of Learning Activities

This course is generally delivered in a face-to-face mode with a blend of learning activities, which include lectures, seminars, tutorials, case studies, videos, and student lead discussions. The course may be delivered online in modules.

Overview of Learning Resources

There is generally a prescribed text for this course. You will also be advised about relevant readings throughout the course as various topics are addressed. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

Overview of Assessment

You will be assessed on how well you meet the course’s learning outcomes and on your development against the program learning outcomes.  Assessment may include:

Task 1: Tutorial activities,600 words, 20%, CLOs 1-4

Task 2: Essay, 1800 words, 40%, CLOs 1-4.

Task 3: Exam, 1500 words, 40%, CLOs 1-4.

Feedback will be given on all assessment tasks.

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equity Learning Services if you would like to find out more. Your course assessment conforms to RMIT assessment principles, regulations, policies, procedures and instructions which are available for review online: