As human beings, we all want to enjoy those rights which contribute to our freedom, independence, security and sense of belonging. But how do we define ‘human rights’? Are there different types of human rights? Are they the same for all people and all societies and cultures, and who should decide which ones we include and exclude? Are there some that are always fundamental and essential?
This unit will address these questions by exploring how the rights of the individual came to be, Australia’s historical record of human rights, and emerging challenges to human rights on a global scale in the 21st century. Students will have the opportunity to work in groups and discuss the beginning of human rights and how the concept has changed over time to become more inclusive and specific. Students are also encouraged to think critically about a ‘globally implemented system’ of human rights for all people and the potential advantages and disadvantages for individuals, societies and cultures.
and the potential advantages and disadvantages for individuals, societies and cultures.
Areas of Study
Overview of Teaching and Learning Activities
For the teacher | Human Rights Introduction | 1: What Are Human Rights? | 2: Where Do Human Rights Come From? | 3: How Do We Characterise Human Rights in Australia? | 4: How Do We Preserve and Improve Human Rights?
Overview of activities: Focus Question 1 | Focus Question 2 | Focus Question 3 | Focus Question 4