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WS1005 - Human Rights, Social Justice, and the Law

Credit points: 3
Year: 2023
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
Administered by: College of Arts, Society & Education

Human rights and social justice are the philosophical cornerstones of social work practice and are enshrined in various international and national charters, conventions and legislation. Protecting the human rights of vulnerable populations requires social workers to understand the ways in which laws, legislation, and the legal system impact on various groups in society and frame social work practice. This subject introduces students to the concepts of human rights and social justice, and the varied ways in which the law and other legal frameworks both achieve and challenge the realisation of rights and justice for vulnerable people.

Learning Outcomes

  • critically examine international and national human rights charters, conventions, and legislation;
  • explain the Australian legal system including how laws are made and the state and federal laws relevant to social work practice;
  • analyse the legal issues relevant to achieving social justice for disadvantaged and vulnerable groups;
  • develop and apply skills in research, comprehension, and analysis of social work practice including the intersection of human rights, social justice, and the legal system.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Test/Quiz 1 - (30%) - Individual
  • Oral > Presentation 1 - (30%) - Individual
  • Written > Project report - (40%) - Individual.
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
WS1003 WS2012

Availabilities

Cairns, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coord/Lect: Dr Vinnitta Mosby.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 24 hours workshops
  • 13 hours online activity
  • assessment and self-directed study

JCU Brisbane, Trimester 2, Internal
Census Date 22-Jun-2023
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 13 hours lectures
  • 12 hours workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study

Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coordinator: Dr Vinnitta Mosby
Lecturer: Dr Albert Kuruvila.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 24 hours workshops
  • 13 hours online activity
  • assessment and self-directed study

Study Period 2, External
Census Date 24-Aug-2023
Coord/Lect: Dr Vinnitta Mosby.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 13 hours online activity
  • 24 hours online Workshops
  • assessment and self-directed study
Method of Delivery: WWW - LearnJCU

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.