Human Rights (2024)
Human rights are an increasingly prominent aspect of contemporary issues here and around the world. Current examples include systemic racism, equitable access to healthcare, the voting age, #MeToo, modern slavery, asylum seeking, climate justice, reproductive rights and inclusive education. These concerns are anchored in the present and their resolution focuses on the future. This major crosses the boundaries of traditional university subjects to prepare you for employment in government agencies and private companies in sectors like health, law, housing, immigration, education and social welfare. Work for NGOs like the Red Cross, Doctors without Borders and Amnesty International. A major in Human Rights pairs well with many other majors the University offers, especially in the fields of Law, Management and Social Sciences, to provide you with further employment pathways.
Human Rights is available as a first major for the Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Global Studies (BGS) and the Bachelor of Social Sciences (BSocSc). Human Rights may also be taken as a second major or minor within undergraduate degrees, subject to approval of the Division in which the student is enrolled.
To complete Human Rights as a single major for the BA, BGS or BSocSc, students must gain 135 points in the papers listed for Human Rights, including 105 points above 100 level, and 60 points above 200 level. Students must complete HUMRI100 and PHILO315.
To complete Human Rights as part of a double major for the BA, BGS, BSocSc or other undergraduate degrees, students must gain 120 points including 90 points above 100 level, and 45 points above 200 level. Students must complete HUMRI100 and PHILO315.
To complete a minor in Human Rights, students must complete 60 points from the papers listed for the Human Rights major, including at least 30 points above 100 level. Students must complete HUMRI100 and PHILO315.
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Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location GNSEX101 Gender and Sexuality: Representations and Realities 15.0 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga) This paper considers issues related to gender, sexuality, and the body including health issues, media representations, gender based violence, and forms of resistance. HUMRI100 Human Rights Foundations 15.0 24A (Hamilton), 24A (Online) & 24A (Tauranga) In this paper we discuss the foundations of the modern Human Rights regime, and address important controversies for Human Rights, including, accusations of Western-Centrism; protections for gender and sexuality; and issues of self-determination. IRSST103 Introduction to International Relations 15.0 24A (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga) This paper provides an introduction to the study of international relations in an era of globalisation. It covers the historical background, key concepts and theories, case studies, and contemporary developments in the study of world politics. MAORI150 Te Tiriti o Waitangi: An Introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi 15.0 24A (Hamilton), 24B (Hamilton), 24I (Hamilton) & 24X (Hamilton) This paper seeks to provide a sound understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. It reviews historical and contemporary interpretations and takes into account the interplay of contextual issues of the time. PHILO106 Social and Moral Philosophy 15.0 24A (Hamilton), 24A (Online) & 24A (Tauranga) An investigation of contemporary moral and social issues from a practical ethics perspective. Issues may include abortion, animal welfare, discrimination, euthanasia, freedom of speech, genetic enhancement, privacy, punishment, and your online life.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location ANTHY208 Protest Movements in the Asia-Pacific 15.0 24B (Hamilton) This paper is about how people across the Asia-Pacific region act collectively to challenge the status quo of powerful political, social, economic, and cultural systems. GEOGY209 Health, People, Place 0.0 24B (Online) This paper draws on critical analysis of health, people and place to introduce contemporary developments in socio-cultural geography. Attention is paid to spatial well-being at a range of scales. MAORI200 Mana Wahine 15.0 24B (Hamilton) This paper examines foundational aspects of mana wahine scholarship, the impact of colonisation on Maori and Indigenous women, and the resistant spaces negotiated by Maori women including their contributions to decolonisation. MAORI203 Decolonising Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples 15.0 24A (Hamilton) The paper looks at the detrimental effects that research has historically had on Indigenous peoples and the relatively recent creation of research methodologies by Indigenous peoples to counteract Imperial research, and to empower and decolonise. POLCY212 Public Policy Analysis 15.0 24A (Hamilton) This paper introduces students to public policy analysis. Students focus on the role of politics, public participation and policy in addressing society's big problems, how they are framed and defined, and how solutions are developed and implemented within the context of the policy process. POLSC224 Terrorism, Violence and the State 15.0 No occurrences Terrorism is an increasingly prominent global phenomenon. We will clarify it conceptually and situate it historically with theory and case studies in situating it in comparative political and International Relations analysis. SOCIO201 21st Century Activism and Radical Thought 15.0 24B (Hamilton) This paper will offer insight into the historical legacies of systemic racism, sexism and class oppression by taking an in-depth look at key issues raised in 20th century social movements in New Zealand and the United States and mapping those issues into the 21st century. SOCPY202 Addressing Precarity: A Global Perspective 15.0 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Online) This paper considers human precarity: past, present and future. The focus is on its contemporary forms under global market competition, and ways to make a more secure world in the future.
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location ECONS304 International Economics Issues 15.0 24A (Hamilton) This paper covers in-depth analysis of the global economic environment, including international trade, access to markets and cross-border movement of factors of production including capital and labour. GEOGY309 Social and Cultural Geographies of Difference 15.0 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga) This paper is a forum for debate in critical geographies of difference. Key concerns are intersections between gender, ethnicity, nationality and other social divisions in relation to place and environment. GNSEX303 Intersectionalities: Identities and Inequalities 15.0 24B (Hamilton) This paper provides a comprehensive review of the historical context for understanding contemporary issues of race, gender, sexuality, and social class. It investigates micro and macro level experiences and the social construction of identities. In doing so, this paper looks at how power is distributed in society, the theories that... HISTY302 Blood, Land, DNA: Contemporary Indigenous Histories and Archives 15.0 24B (Hamilton) This paper explores critical questions about power, sovereignty, and belonging in contemporary Indigenous history, focusing on Aotearoa, the Pacific, and North America. Students will work with diverse archival sources to develop independent research questions. HMDEV320 Disability, Diversity and Inclusion: Intersecting Identities and Experiences 15.0 24B (Online) This paper looks at the emergence of disability as a social and political identity. Using a rights perspective, it critiques inclusion in the spaces and places of everyday civic society. MAORI304 Sustainability in Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Contexts 15.0 24A (Hamilton) This paper looks at Indigenous epistemological formations of sustainability as one of the most pressing issues for Indigenous peoples particularly in the Pacific, and also as a concept where Indigenous peoples can be prominent in influencing discourses. POPST305 Migration, Mobilities and Displacement 15.0 24A (Hamilton) An examination of contemporary international migration with a particular focus on the drivers of migration, the social and structural forces that influence migration and the implications of different modes of governance. PSYCH302 Community, Culture and Diversity 15.0 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga) The focus of this paper is the study of social justice, intersectionality, transformative interventions, and social change strategies that are central to community, indigenous and liberation psychologies. Issues covered include inequalities, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, class and (dis)ability. Key considerations are the broader co...
Code Paper Title Points Occurrence / Location LEGAL440 Pacific Peoples and the Law 15.0 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga) A critical study and comparison of legal systems and issues within the Pacific Region. LEGAL442 Human Rights Law 15.0 24G (Hamilton) & 24G (Tauranga) An introduction to the laws governing the protection of human rights both at the national and international level. Students will explore the framework of human rights protection and the enforcement mechanisms. LEGAL469 International Indigenous Rights 15.0 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga) A detailed examination of law relating to the historical and developing space in international law of the rights of indigenous peoples, including the influence of the state on this process together with the coinciding indigenous rights to development, education, environmental and economic rights.
2024 Catalogue of Papers information current as of : 4 December 2023 11:32am