GEND 3016 - Encountering Human Rights: Global Citizenship III
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2022
General Course Information
Course Code GEND 3016 Course Encountering Human Rights: Global Citizenship III Coordinating Unit Gender Studies and Social Analysis Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites At least 6 units of Level II undergraduate study Incompatible GEND 2016/EX, GSSA 2019/EX, GSSA 3002/EX 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 Outcomes1 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 standard6Evaluate 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
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Required ResourcesMyUni site including set readings, recorded lectures, and online discussion.
Recommended ResourcesAn extensive list of further resources will be provided during semester. These include:A list of further readings on each topicResource guides on Harvard referencing and essay writingAssistance with finding library research materials
Online LearningMyUni course site including announcements, discussion board, recorded lectures, assignment submission andfurther resources.
Students wishing to study the course entirely online as an External course should enrol in GEND 3016 EX.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesOnline:Online learning modules will step you through each week's content: short lectures, films, readings, quiz questions and preparation for seminars. This is where you get the information you will be expected to know.
Face to face:Seminars will include discussion of readings, exercises in critical analysis, and preparation and presentation of group projects. This is where you practice interpeting and applying the information from the learning modules.
Independent:You will be expected to do significant independent work for the course, including:
- Reading of scholarly texts and research reports
- Independent library and internet research
- Working on assessment tasks
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.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 readings
5-7 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
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Assessment Task Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome Short critical essay Formative and Summative
30%, 1000 words 1,2,3 Group research presentation Formative and Summative To be scheduled, second half of semester 20% 1,2,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 Research Essay/Report Summative End of semester 40%, 3000 words 1-10, especially 5,9 Workshop Participation Formative and Summative Weekly in class 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 essay 1000 words
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, discussand develop the best way to present it, and present your findings to the rest of the class. (Note this assignment will contain components of peer and self-assessment). 20%
Research essay 3000 words
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. 40%
You will be assessed on your contribution to the learning atmosphere of your workshop, 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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