Postgraduate - Course
This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019
and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the
'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Law.
Other commencement years for this course: 2018, 2017, 2016 and more
Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
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Course progression map
This expert graduate course provides a thorough theoretical and practical grounding in the laws governing international and domestic human rights develops the advanced professional skills and specialist knowledge required for work in this diverse field. The extensive range of units enables students to develop and enhance their knowledge across the breadth of human rights law. The Master of Human Rights is suitable for graduates interested developing or enhancing specialist careers within the government sector or in development agencies and other local and international human rights-related organisations.
You will investigate contemporary issues in law, practice and scholarship, and evaluate complex issues relevant to the field from theoretical, international and interdisciplinary perspectives. The course enhances your capacity to undertake independent research, and includes options for a pathway to doctoral studies.
These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).
Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that you will be able to:
- demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and recent developments in areas of human rights law and the practice of human rights law
- apply theories, knowledge and skills to different areas of human rights law or to new situations in practice or scholarship in human rights law
- design, evaluate, implement, analyse and theorise about developments that contribute to global professional practice or scholarship
- explain and justify arguments, methods, and conclusions to legal and lay audiences
- apply with integrity appropriate research principles and methods to plan, carry out and report on an original project
- demonstrate high level personal autonomy and judgment.
Credit for prior studies
You may be eligible for credit for up to 25 per cent of the course (12 points) for previous master's level studies in law. If you have completed an independent research project in a bachelor of law honours degree you may be exempted from the master's research unit but must still complete 48 points of level 5 units.
The course is structured in two parts: Part A. Human Rights law knowledge and Part B. Extending specialist knowledge electives and research
Part A. Human rights law knowledge
These studies enable you to develop specialised knowledge and advanced skills in areas human rights law that suit your interests, skills and career goals.
Part B. Extending specialist knowledge electives and research
These studies will provide you with in-depth knowledge of a wide range of areas of human rights law or you can select from across the range of master's law elective units. You will focus on sources of information relevant to human rights law and the application of research methods and specialist discipline knowledge and skills necessary to support law-related work in those closely interrelated fields. Depending on your interests and motivation, you can choose a program of study in which you plan and execute a major research-based project with a high level of personal autonomy and accountability.
The course comprises 48 points structured into two parts: Part A. Human rights law knowledge (30 points) and Part B. Extending specialist knowledge electives and research (18 points).
The course progression mapcourse progression map (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/maps/map-l6002.pdf) provides guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.
Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.
Part A. Human rights law knowledge (30 points)
You must complete a. and b. below:
a. the following unit:
- LAW5000 Australian legal reasoning and methods or LAW5081 Australian legal process and research*
b. a minimum of four units chosen from the units listed below; not all units are offered every year:
- LAW5303Not offered in 2019 Forensic family law
- LAW5304 Overview of international human rights law
- LAW5310 Sentencing
- LAW5317 Principles of privacy and freedom of information
- LAW5334 Psychiatry, psychology and law
- LAW5338 International humanitarian law
- LAW5354Not offered in 2019 International criminal justice
- LAW5359Not offered in 2019 International human rights law and women
- LAW5365 Terrorism and human rights
- LAW5370 Discrimination law and human rights at work
- LAW5377 The use of force in an international law
- LAW5381Not offered in 2019 Human rights advocacy: Australian law and practice
- LAW5383Not offered in 2019 International refugee law and human rights
- LAW5386 Health law and human rights
- LAW5403Not offered in 2019 International covenant on civil and political rights
- LAW5404Not offered in 2019 Genocide in international law
- LAW5407 Current issues in torts
- LAW5409 Principles of family law
- LAW5416 Children's rights in Australian law
- LAW5414Not offered in 2019 Public international law
- LAW5424 Human trafficking and the law
- LAW5428Not offered in 2019 Health law
- LAW5430 Advanced evidence and proof in litigation
- LAW5454Not offered in 2019 Climate governance and citizen justice
Part B. Extending specialist knowledge electives and research (18 points)
You must complete 18 points across a. and b. below:
6 or 12 points of elective law units chosen from:
Part A above
the list of human rights law electives listed below
any unit from the general list of Level 5 law units, excluding those only offered in L6005 Master of Laws (Juris Doctor)
b. The remaining 6 or 12 points of research studies in human rights law from the following:
- LAW5082 Masters research (6 points)
- LAW5083 Extended research (12 points)**
Human rights law electives
Not all units are offered every year.
- LAW5324 Discrimination law, theory and policy
- LAW5345Not offered in 2019 Human rights, business and the global economy
- LAW5348 Indigenous rights and international law
- LAW5364Not offered in 2019 Economic social and cultural rights and international law
- LAW5371 Protecting the rights of minorities, marginalised and vulnerable people
- LAW5373 Comparative bills of rights
- LAW5376Not offered in 2019 International criminal law: Procedural and practical aspects
- LAW5380Not offered in 2019 International human rights law and development
- LAW5410Not offered in 2019 Collaborative practice
- LAW5417Not offered in 2019 Children's rights in international law
- LAW5418Not offered in 2019 Transitional justice
- LAW5422Not offered in 2019 Victorian charter of rights and responsibilities
- LAW5427 Freedom of speech - law theory and policy
- LAW5433Not offered in 2019 Victims, law and mass atrocity
- LAW5439Not offered in 2019 Sexual minorities and human rights
- LAW5442 Racial, ethnic and linguistic minorities and human rights
- LAW5451 Indigenous people and the law
You may exit this course early and apply to graduate with the following award, provided you have satisfied the requirements indicated for that award during your enrolment in this master's course:
- Graduate Certificate in Law after successful completion of 24 points of study with a minimum of 18 credit points at level 4 or above.
Progression to further studies
Successful completion of this course may provide a pathway to a higher degree by research.
If you are taking this course as a pathway to doctoral studies you are advised to take the extended research or minor thesis option.