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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Course

This course entry should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleDipArts(HumRts)
Total credit points required48
Standard duration of study (years)

1 year FT, 2 years PT

Study mode and locationOn-campus (Caulfield, Clayton)
Contact details

Dr Toby Handfield, Senior Lecturer,, +61 3 9905 3202

Course coordinator

Dr Toby Handfield


  • Students must be enrolled in a bachelor or double degree at an Australian university. Enrolment in this course requires approval from the student's home faculty/university. This course is not available to international student visa holders.
  • Equivalent to one year full-time, taken part-time over two to three years.


This course provides students with the opportunity to pursue in-depth study in the area of human rights theory while completing a bachelors degree or double degree in other fields. Human rights theory is an interdisciplinary major area of study, which examines the history and the nature of human rights. In addition to developing a basic understanding of the concepts of human rights, students also have the opportunity to apply these studies to pressing practical problems: global poverty, unequal access to medicine, free trade, terrorism, warfare, humanitarian intervention, torture, surveillance, etc.


Graduates are expected to develop:

  • the intellectual capabilities inherent in the interpretation of sources of knowledge pertaining to the academic discipline
  • an understanding of the world view of the field of study
  • the capacity for quantitative and qualitative analysis, critique and creative thinking in the discipline
  • an understanding of the present interpretations and potential future developments in the issues underlying the content of and approaches to the field of study
  • the skills of written and oral presentation, argument and analysis, including other practical skills such as computer skills, appropriate to the academic discipline.


Students complete a standard 48 point major consisting of a first year sequence of 12 points and one of the following:

  • 12 points of second year level studies (normally two units) and 24 points of third-year level studies (normally four units)
  • 18 points of second-year level studies (normally three units) and 18 points of third-year level studies (normally three units).


Students are required to complete a three-year major sequence (48 points) in human rights theory. For information on the units required refer to the 'Areas of study' section in this Handbook at


Diploma in Arts (Human Rights Theory)