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.

Other qualifications

Prescriptions for:

Human Rights papers

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GNSEX101 Gender and Sexuality: Representations and Realities right arrow

This paper considers issues related to gender, sexuality, and the body including health issues, media representations, gender based violence, and...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
HUMRI100 Human Rights Foundations right arrow

In this paper we discuss the foundations of the modern Human Rights regime, and address important controversies for Human Rights, including...

15 No occurrences
IRSST103 Introduction to International Relations right arrow

This paper provides an introduction to the study of international relations in an era of globalisation. It covers the historical background, key...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
MAORI150 Te Tiriti o Waitangi: An Introduction to the Treaty of Waitangi right arrow

This paper seeks to provide a sound understanding of Te Tiriti o Waitangi. It reviews historical and contemporary interpretations and takes into...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24B (Hamilton) & 24X (Hamilton)
PHILO106 Social and Moral Philosophy right arrow

An investigation of contemporary moral and social issues from a practical ethics perspective. Issues may include abortion, animal welfare...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Online) & 24A (Tauranga)
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ANTHY208 Protest Movements in the Asia-Pacific right arrow

This paper is about how people across the Asia-Pacific region act collectively to challenge the status quo of powerful political, social, economic...

15 24B (Hamilton)
GEOGY209 Health, People, Place right arrow

This paper draws on critical analysis of health, people and place to introduce contemporary developments in socio-cultural geography. Attention is...

15 24B (Online)
MAORI200 Mana Wahine right arrow

This paper examines foundational aspects of mana wahine scholarship, the impact of colonisation on Māori and Indigenous women, and the resistant...

15 24B (Hamilton)
MAORI203 Decolonising Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples right arrow

The paper looks at the detrimental effects that research has historically had on Indigenous peoples and the relatively recent creation of research...

15 24A (Hamilton)
POLCY212 Public Policy Analysis right arrow

This paper introduces students to public policy analysis. Students focus on the role of politics, public participation and policy in addressing...

15 24A (Hamilton)
POLSC224 Terrorism, Violence and the State right arrow

Terrorism is an increasingly prominent global phenomenon. We will clarify it conceptually and situate it historically with theory and case studies in...

15 No occurrences
SOCIO201 21st Century Activism and Radical Thought right arrow

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...

15 24B (Hamilton)
SOCPY202 Addressing Precarity: A Global Perspective right arrow

This paper considers human precarity: past, present and future. The focus is on its contemporary forms under global market competition, and ways to...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Online)
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ECONS304 International Economics Issues right arrow

This paper covers in-depth analysis of the global economic environment, including international trade, access to markets and cross-border movement of...

15 24A (Hamilton)
GEOGY309 Social and Cultural Geographies of Difference right arrow

This paper is a forum for debate in critical geographies of difference. Key concerns are intersections between gender, ethnicity, nationality and...

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
GNSEX303 Intersectionalities: Identities and Inequalities right arrow

This paper provides a comprehensive review of the historical context for understanding contemporary issues of race, gender, sexuality, and social...

15 24B (Hamilton)
HISTY302 Blood, Land, DNA: Contemporary Indigenous Histories and Archives right arrow

This paper explores critical questions about power, sovereignty, and belonging in contemporary Indigenous history, focusing on Aotearoa, the Pacific...

15 24B (Hamilton)
HMDEV320 Disability, Diversity and Inclusion: Intersecting Identities and Experiences right arrow

This paper looks at the emergence of disability as a social and political identity. Using a rights perspective, it critiques inclusion in the spaces...

15 24B (Online)
MAORI304 Sustainability in Māori, Pacific and Indigenous Contexts right arrow

This paper looks at Indigenous epistemological formations of sustainability as one of the most pressing issues for Indigenous peoples particularly in...

15 24A (Hamilton)
POPST305 Migration, Mobilities and Displacement right arrow

An examination of contemporary international migration with a particular focus on the drivers of migration, the social and structural forces that...

15 No occurrences
PSYCH302 Community, Culture and Diversity right arrow

The focus of this paper is the study of social justice, intersectionality, transformative interventions, and social change strategies that are...

15 24B (Hamilton) & 24B (Tauranga)
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LEGAL440 Pacific Peoples and the Law right arrow

A critical study and comparison of legal systems and issues within the Pacific Region.

15 24A (Hamilton) & 24A (Tauranga)
LEGAL442 Human Rights Law right arrow

An introduction to the laws governing the protection of human rights both at the national and international level. Students will explore the...

15 24G (Hamilton) & 24G (Tauranga)
LEGAL469 International Indigenous Rights right arrow

A detailed examination of law relating to the historical and developing space in international law of the rights of indigenous peoples, including the...

15 24G (Hamilton) & 24G (Tauranga)
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2024 Catalogue of Papers information current as of 18 Jun 2024 01:00am