Human Rights: define, discuss and defend
Human rights continue to be threatened globally and closer to home. In his report this year Kenneth Roth, the Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, highlights the important role we, the public, play in ensuring these rights are defended. During this block we will use past and current case studies of human rights abuses to understand what human rights are, how people seek to defend theirs and others’ rights and what action we can take if we choose.
Our case studies will include the following:
Apartheid in South Africa;
The 1950s/60s American Civil Rights Movement; and
The current treatment of asylum seekers and refugees in Australia.
The social studies skills we will practise this block include: categorising and ranking human rights; creating a time-line or history road, individual research planning and presentation on a current or past human rights champion, and devising symbols for human rights.
You will be assessed on: your ability to take and keep notes (either in an exercise book or on a device); your participation in class activities; and an individual study on a defender of human rights where you will demonstrate your ability to plan a research topic and present your understanding of the topic.