GSSA 2019EX - Encountering Human Rights: Global Citizenship
External - Semester 2 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code GSSA 2019EX Course Encountering Human Rights: Global Citizenship Coordinating Unit Gender Studies and Social Analysis Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s External Units 3 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites 12 units of level 1undergraduate 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
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This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
Required ResourcesGSSA 2019 Course Reader - Hard copy available for purchase from the Online Shop on Unified. 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 LearningThis is the external version of the course: the entire course takes place online via the course MyUni page found at http://myuni.adelaide.edu.au
This site includes announcements, readings, discussion boards, recorded lectures, assignment submission and further resources.
Students wishing to study the course on campus and attend lectures and workshops in person should enrol in the internal course GSSA 2019 rather than 2019EX.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesOnline learning:
Recorded Lectures (audio and slides) - Critical overview of course material and introduction to key concepts.
Online Workshops - extended group and self-guided learning, via online discussion board. You will discuss readings, debate issues, pursue case studies and share resources.
Group activities - you will form a small group to work on group projects and engage in peer research. Several methods will be provided for interaction including discussion boards, email and file sharing. Other methods may be offered during semester.
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 listening to recorded lecture
2 hours online discussion and exercises
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 1
Introduction and history of the concept of human rights
Week 2 What's wrong with rights? Critiques of human rights Week 3 Alternatives and possibilities: What could rights become? Week 4 Who speaks for whom? Human rights testimonies Week 5 Library research skills Week 6 Visualising wrongs: Photography and video Week 7 Gender and human rights Week 8 Moving rights: forced migration, migrant labour and trafficking Week 9 Human rights and Indigenous sovereignties Week 10 New rights issues: Environment and genetics Week 11 Conclusion: Human rights and global citizenship Week 12 Assignment consultations
Small Group Discovery ExperienceGroup presentations/SGDE: Students will work in groups of 5-6 members to choose and research a human rights issue over the second half of semester, creating a slideshow or wiki to be shared with the rest of the class. Students will be expected to find and share materials on their chosen topic, and work together to discuss their topic, plan and prepare presentation materials. The aim is not only to inform the class about the issue, but also to carefully consider options for presenting the issue to an audience in the light of critical views on the ethics of human rights texts, as covered in the course. The teacher will be available via email and discussion board to provide advice as well as giving feedback on the presentation. Students will be asked to evaluate their own performance in the team and also to comment on the group process.
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
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- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Task Type Weighting Learning Outcome short essay Formative & summative 30%, 1000 words 1, 2, 3 Group research presentation Formative & summative 20% 1,2,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 Research Essay Summative 40%, 2500 words 1-10, especially 5,9 Online participation Formative & summative 10% 1,2,3,4,6,8,10
Assessment Related RequirementsRegular online participation is compulsory.
For their participation grade students are required to contribute to at least 7 separate weekly discussion topics for the semester. Each topic closes when the new one opens, so you must participate regularly throughout semester; you cannot leave it until the last minute. Students who do not meet this requirement will be asked for extra work (and should also expect to receive lower grades for assignments as they will have missed course material and communication skills development).
For their group project, students must contribute regularly and not let their fellow students down. Self and peer assessment components will mean that individual students who do not participate will be marked down. Students who do not contribute at all will receive zero for the presentation.
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. 30%
You will work with a group to select a human rights issue, research it, discuss and develop the best way to present it, and upload your findings for the rest of the class to view. (Note this assignment will contain components of peer and self-assessment). 20%
You will write an argumentative essay on a given topic. 40%
You will be assessed on your contribution to the learning atmosphere of your online workshop discussion board, 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. 10%
SubmissionAssignments will be submitted online, and checked for plagiarism using Turnitin.
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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