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This course will be available for students to study remotely during 2022 if they are unable to undertake face-to-face study. Please note that some units of study that are not essential to completing the degree may not be available to be studied remotely. For the latest updates on course availability, visit the COVID-19 information page.
About this course
Develop the expertise needed to understand, promote and protect human rights
Students in the Master of Social Justice (Human Rights) will gain a critical understanding of the roots of human rights violations and the tools and mechanisms deployed to promote and protect them, while developing key skills in research, analysis, communication and advocacy that can be applied in domestic, regional and international contexts.
Why study with us?
You will obtain vital knowledge of international and regional human rights systems and investigate the roots of human rights violations. Principles drawn from many disciplines and a range of geographically diverse case studies will inform your thinking. This stream has a domestic, regional, and global outlook, exploring the political, social, legal, and cultural contexts of human rights challenges in Australia, in the Asia-Pacific region, and in the world. You will practice advocacy skills in a compelling and intensive simulated human rights exercise.
For academic requirements check the ‘Admission requirements’ section on this page.
Semester 1 - 31 January of the commencing year
CSP closing date: 15 January of the commencing year
Semester 2 - 15 July of the commencing year
CSP closing date: 30 June of the commencing year
We strongly encourage applicants to apply as early as possible, offers are made on a rolling basis and places are limited. Separate scholarship deadlines apply - check the scholarships website for details.
Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)
Standard closing dates:
Semester 1 - 15 January of the commencing year
Semester 2 - 25 June of the commencing year
We strongly encourage international applicants to apply as early as possible to allow time for visa and travel arrangements. Separate scholarship deadlines may apply - check the scholarships website for details.
Semester 1 (February) and Semester 2 (August)
Students in the Master of Social Justice (Human Rights) take four elemental cores that offer an interdisciplinary grounding in development, peace and conflict, and human rights. All MSJ students take these cores together, thereby building cohesion among and between students in the different streams. Students will grapple with some of the world’s most complex social justice problems in these cores, including eradicating poverty, facilitating conflict transformation, addressing human rights violations, and responding to the globe’s most pressing environmental crises.
Students in the MSJ (Human Rights) additionally complete three selective units that solidify knowledge of human rights mechanisms and the possible responses from activists, advocates, and human rights practitioners. These units dive deep into the roots of violations and the leverage necessary to respond, with case examples on the rights of indigenous people, refugee and asylum seekers, and business and human rights.
Three additional electives allow students to broaden their knowledge in social justice-related fields.
Finally, students undertake a 2-semester capstone project focusing on a topic relevant to human rights, either completing a dissertation or undertaking a social justice internship pathway, preparing students for higher degree research or professional practice, respectively.
In sum, to qualify for the Master of Social Justice (Human Rights) you must complete 12 units (72 credit points) including:
Under normal progression, a full-time student completes prescribed units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester. Part-time students may undertake prescribed units of study up to the value of 12 credit points per semester. You are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for your units of study.
Admission to candidature for the Master of Social Justice (Human Rights) requires:
The study of human rights prepares students for exciting and meaningful work in range of industries. International organizations, government agencies, NGOs, and the business sector all need people trained in the language and tools of human rights. In addition to pursuing academic paths, our human rights graduates work in a range of international, government, NGO, and corporate institutions such as: