IKC302 Human Rights and Indigenous Australians (8)

This subject introduces students to the United Nations and domestic systems of human rights and critically examines Australia's history of upholding the rights of Indigenous Australians. It investigates the role of various UN treaties, conventions and committees, including the International Committee for the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination, and domestic bodies such as the Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission and domestic legislations such as the Racial Discrimination Act and Racial Vilification laws. It also examines the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and how this applies to Indigenous peoples of Australia.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2021.

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 Indigenous Australian Studies

Assumed Knowledge

Knowledge of Indigenous Australian cultures, histories and contemporary issues

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to interpret the United Nations system of Human Rights protections and Australia's obligations under this system
  • Be able to relate Australia's history of human rights to Indigenous Australians
  • Be able to summarise Australia's domestic human rights systems and apply them to Indigenous Australians
  • Be able to articulate and critically examine United Nations criticisms of Australia's treatment of Indigenous Australians and the major areas of concern
  • Be able to examine the UN Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples


This subject will cover the following topics:

  • What are human rights and how do they relate to social justice?
  • Human Rights and International Law
  • History and the role of the United Nations
  • United nations: treaties, conventions, councils and committees
  • The Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Australia's Obligations to protect human rights
  • The Racial Discrimination Act
  • Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission
  • Indigenous Australians and Human Rights: UN Reported Breaches

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.