GSSA 2019 - Encountering Human Rights: Global Citizenship
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code GSSA 2019 Course Encountering Human Rights: Global Citizenship Coordinating Unit Gender Studies and Social Analysis Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact 3 hours per week Prerequisites 12 units of level 1 study Course Description Since the ratification of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1948, a global human rights industry has emerged, making human rights abuses ever more visible, yet global injustices and abuses are arguably as common and entrenched as ever. This course will take a critical approach both to human rights violations, and to the human rights discourses and campaigns that seek to remedy them. We will look at case studies involving rights issues in globalised contexts, for instance refugees, human trafficking, international women's rights campaigns and global Indigenous movements. We will explore the ways in which universal rights have been embraced, problematised and reconfigured as they travel the globe. We will also look at different ways of presenting rights issues - through reports, campaigns, and visual documentary - seeking the most effective ways of presenting rights issues to global publics. Considering these questions we will explore our own reactions to human rights imagery and victims' testimonies, and discuss the most productive ways to respond to the ways in which we are positioned as global citizens with a responsibility for responding to rights issues. The course will offer the opportunity to pursue individual interest in a particular rights issue, and is suitable for those who want to take their interest in social justice into advocacy, campaign or development work, for those who want to cover human rights issues in creative or media work, and for those who simply want to think about how to be ethical and engaged global citizens.
Course Coordinator: Dr Anna Szorenyi
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
1 Participate in informed discussions on human rights issues in a variety of local and global contexts 2 Show leadership in arguing for the importance of protecting human rights in their various dimensions 3 Articulate both benefits and limitations of conceiving of social justice issues in terms of human rights 4 Identify and discuss the major rights issues currently evolving under 21st Century globalisation 5 Conduct informed, independent research on particular human rights issues, paying attention to local context, and report findings to a professional standard 6 Evaluate specific human rights campaigns in terms of social justice, ethics, and empowerment 7 Identify and/or develop innovative and effective ways of presenting rights issues to various publics and stakeholders 8 Engage respectfully and enthusiastically in cross-cultural contexts and debates 9 Construct a clear, coherent and independent argument which responds to a particular question and is supported by appropriate scholarly evidence, within identified timeframes. 10 Demonstrate interpersonal, leadership and teamwork skills in group activities
Identify and discuss the major rights issues currently evolving under 21st Century globalisation
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3, 4, 6 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 5, 6, 7, 9 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 2, 7, 8, 10 Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 2, 7, 8, 9, 10 A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1, 2, 4, 6, 8
Required ResourcesGSSA 2108 Course Reader - Hard copy available for purchase from Image and Copy Centre, Level 1 Hughes building. The reader will also be made available free of charge in electronic form via MyUni, and in hard copy on reserve in the library.
The course MyUni site, available at http://myuni.adelaide.edu.au
The course library page (URL will be provided during semester).
Recommended ResourcesAn extensive list of further resources will be provided during semester. These include:
A list of further readings on each topic
Resource guides on Harvard referencing and essay writing
Assistance with finding library research materials
Online LearningMyUni course site including announcements, discussion board, recorded lectures, assignment submission and further resources.
Students wishing to study the course entirely online should enrol in the external course GSSA 2108 EX.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesFace to face:
Lectures - Critical overview of course material and introduction to key concepts. Opportunities for interaction included.
Workshops - extended group and self-guided learning, via discussion, case studies, peer research, collaborative problem-solving, independent and group projects and activities
Discussion board, sharing resources
Reading of scholarly texts and research reports
Independent library and internet research on a chosen topic
Designing and writing an independent research project
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.You are expected to spend 12 hours per week on this course during each week of semester.
1 hour lecture
2 hour workshop
9 hours independents study, including:2-4 hours on weekly set readings5-7 hours on further research, reading and assignment preparation
Learning Activities Summary
Schedule Week Lecture Workshop Part 1: Concepts and critiques Week 1 Introduction and history of the concept of human rights Introduction to the course Week 2 What's wrong with rights? Critiques of human rights What are human rights? Week 3 Alternatives and possibilities: What could rights become? Critiques of human rights Part 2: Global Human Rights issues Week 4 Gender and human rights Alternatives and possibilities Week 5 Library research skills Gender and human rights Week 6 Moving rights: forced migration, migrant labour and trafficking Group project work Week 7 Human rights and Indigenous sovereignties Moving rights: forced migration, migrant labour and trafficking Week 8 New rights issues: Environment and genetics Human rights and Indigenous sovereignties Part 3: Rights and representation Week 9 Who speaks for whom? Human rights testimonies New rights issues: Environment and genetics Week 10 Visualising wrongs: Photography and video Who speaks for whom? Human rights testimonies Week 11 Conclusion: Human rights and global citizenship Visualising wrongs: Photography and video Week 12 Assignment consultations Conclusion: Human rights and global citizenship
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Assignment Type Due Weight Learning outcomes Short critical paper Formative & summative Week 5 20%. 1000 words 1, 2, 3 Group presentation/wiki Formative & summative According to schedule negotiated during semester 20% 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 Research report Summative Week 13 50%, 2500 words 1-10, especially 5, 9 Workshop participation Formative & summative Weekly 10% 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 10
Assessment Related RequirementsAttendance at workshops is compulsory. Students may miss two workshops during semester without penalty (other than the missed opportunity for learning). Absences beyond this will be required to be made up with extra work.
Assessment DetailShort Critical Paper
You will write an essay outlining your understanding of a key theoretical issue in human rights. Specific topics will be provided during semester.
You will work with a group to select a human rights issue, research it, discuss and develop the best way to present it, and show your findings to the group during a weekly workshop. (Note this assignment will contain components of peer and self-assessment)
You will apply your learning in the course to developing a critical report on a human rights issue of your choice. Specific guidance will be provided during semester.
You will be assessed on your contribution to the learning atmosphere of the class, including evidence of preparation, verbal and non-verbal participation, level of comprehension, engagement in group and class exercises, and respect for and consideration of other students. Note marks are not granted simply for attending.
Further details of all assessment including set topics, research requirements and assessment criteria will be provided during semester.
SubmissionAll assignments must be:
· 1.5 line spaced
· Referenced in Harvard style
Assignments will be submitted online via MyUni, and checked for plagiarism using Turnitin.
Extensions must be sought prior to the due date and documentary evidence will be required. Marks will be deducted from assignments submitted late without an extension.
Assignments will be marked within 2 weeks where possible, and returned either online or in hard copy.
Further details of assignment submission and return processes will be provided during semester.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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