Human Rights Law in Australia

Qualification: Postgraduate unit
Study mode: Online
Payment options: FEE-HELP may be available
Duration: 12 weeks
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Awarded by: RMIT University
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About this unit

This online unit from RMIT University is a broad introduction to international human rights law, teaching students about its background, administering institutions, and sources, to equip them with knowledge about the legal profession, provide skills in legal research, and bolster their professional practice as human rights lawyers.

While it is international in scope, the unit is geared towards domestic legal practice, applying jurisprudence and international law sources such as the main human rights treaties and UN supervisory bodies to Australian law.

Delivered entirely online by Open Universities Australia, Human Rights Law in Australia gives students an opportunity to analyse a range of human rights law sources including the Constitution, state human rights legislation, the common law, and international human rights norms. Students will apply their knowledge in a range of contexts, including anti-terror laws, Indigenous Australians, migrants, refugees and asylum seekers, and corporations.

Eligibility

In order to enrol in this unit, you must be accepted into the following course:

  • Juris Doctor, RMIT University

You must also have successfully completed, be currently enrolled in, or intend to concurrently enrol in the following unit:

  • Introduction to the Australian Legal System and Legal Methods

Areas of study

In this Human Rights Law In Australia unit, the topics you will study include:

  • From natural law to human rights
  • Sources of human rights law in Australia
  • Explicit and implied Constitutional rights in Australia
  • The common law and human rights
  • International protection of human rights
  • Implementation of international human rights in Australia
  • Counter terrorism laws
  • Anti-discrimination law
  • Indigenous Australians and the criminal justice system
  • Indigenous land rights
  • Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
  • Corporations and human rights

Course pathways

This unit is an elective in the following course :

  • Juris Doctor, RMIT University

Content may also be relevant to other courses, and could qualify you for Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for a course offered by another institution.

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How will this unit advance my career?

This unit will help you develop the foundational skills and knowledge to work in the area of human rights law, especially in the fields of migration and counter terrorism.

How else will I benefit from this unit?

  • Upon successful completion of this unit you will receive credit for competencies in Human Rights Law in Australia from RMIT University.
  • Studying online means you can study where you want, at your own pace.
  • Gain industry-relevant skills and transferrable knowledge.
  • Government financial support through FEE-HELP or HECS-HELP may be available.
  • Studying single units allows you the flexibility to work towards a qualification at your own pace.
  • Receive Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) for this unit across a number of OUA’s full degree programs.

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Financial assistance

If you are an Australian citizen, you may be eligible to receive a government FEE-HELP loan, meaning you can defer payment of your fees.

 

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You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

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