6 points, SCA Band 3, 0.125 EFTSL
Undergraduate - Unit
Refer to the specific census and withdrawal dates for the semester(s) in which this unit is offered.
Not offered in 2018
The unit will begin with a philosophical overview of the concept of human dignity and then enter into a historical examination of why human dignity has emerged as an important constitutional principle in international law and some jurisdictions. International and national experiences with human dignity as a constitutional and/or human rights principle will be critically examined. Particular attention will be paid to the role of human dignity in the so-called Arab Spring and its aftermath.
At the successful completion of this Unit, students will be able to:
- Identify and critically analyse various theories and approaches to human dignity;
- Identify and critically analyse the ways in which human dignity is codified and adopted in legal decision-making in select jurisdictions;
- Communicate effectively and persuasively, including in articulating the relationship between human dignity as a legal concept and social, political and economic forces that impact upon the ways in which human dignity is understood and adopted in a given jurisdiction;
- Provide and make use of feedback to assess their own capabilities and performance and to support personal and professional development.
- Class participation (20%) A full explanation of how class participation will be assessed will be provided in the unit guide
- Reflective essay (1500 words) (20%)
- Research paper (4500 words) (60%)
Students are required to attend 36 hours of lectures over the duration of this semi-intensive unit.
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