Human Rights

The study of Human Rights at Monash is engaging, thought-provoking and sometimes personally confronting. It tackles a number of controversial issues arising from the human rights framework, one of the most widely accepted approaches to addressing harms suffered by humans worldwide.

Available as a major or minor.

We all agree that some of the most serious contemporary human evils are torture, hunger, terrorism, military aggression, ethnic violence, political corruption, holding political prisoners and racial discrimination. Many of us demand that political leaders take steps to address them and many of us support non-government organisations such as Oxfam in the hope that they will address these wrongs. 

As a student of Human Rights, you will examine the nature and legitimacy of human rights claims and the role of human rights in the broader context of international affairs.

How to Study

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Major: 8 units (48 points) taken over 3 years. This is the area of study you choose to specialise in.

Minor: 4 units (24 points) taken from an area of study that is different to your major.

You must complete 48 credit points (8 units) of your course before you are eligible to go on exchange. Usually this means waiting until your second or third year of study to go on exchange.

We consider you an international student if you are not:

  • an Australian or New Zealand citizen, or
  • an Australian permanent resident.

Note: We consider Australian and New Zealand citizens and Australian permanent residents as local students.

Find out more information on how to apply as an international student

An extended major made up of 12 units (96 points) taken over three years.


Foundations for Study

In your first year of study, you’ll tackle questions about human rights like ‘Why are human rights universal?’ and ‘Do cultural and religious minorities have special claims to group rights?’ In second and third year, you’ll cover the ethics of war, international crime and justice, indigenous legal issues and gender.

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Exciting Career Prospects

Apart from its relevance to a variety of careers, the study of Human Rights will also be of great intellectual interest to anyone who wants to understand the most important ideas that influence the world around us.

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Study Overseas

As a Monash student, you have the option to make your course an international one. One option is to study at a Monash campus abroad, with Malaysia, South Africa or Prato to choose from. You can do an exchange at a partner university, or study abroad at a university of your choice. You choose where you want to go and we’ll help you get there.

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