HCS406 Social Work and Human Rights (8)

This subject will provide theoretical understanding and context for human rights practice within the human services. The subject covers the history and theories of human rights, human rights instrumentalities and human rights activists and movements. It outlines a social work practice framework that draws on a human rights framework, including anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practice.


Session 2 (60)
Wagga Wagga Campus
Session 3 (90)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HCS406. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate a critical understanding of a range of human rights theories;
  • be able to examine the history of human rights and explain their application in an international context;
  • be able to explain human rights instrumentalities, human rights activists;
  • be able to explain the concepts of anti-discriminatory and anti-oppressive practice;
  • be able to explain and apply human rights principles to social work practice, including the global use of technology for research and the ethical sharing of information; and
  • be able to discuss the implications of human rights for social work practice.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • History of human rights
  • Theories of human rights
  • Three generations of human rights
  • Human rights in a globalised world
  • Human rights instrumentalities, human rights activists and human rights movements
  • Anti-oppressive and anti-discriminatory practice
  • Human rights and social work


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The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2019. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.