EURO428-17S2 (C) Semester Two 2017

Rights and Realities: EU in the Asia Pacific

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 17 July 2017
End Date: Sunday, 19 November 2017
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 July 2017
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 13 October 2017


The European Union and human rights discourses in the Asia-Pacific Region.

This course will provide an overview of the concept of human rights, methodology around human rights research and a deeper understanding of human rights realities for the European Union in the Asia Pacific.
The course will examine:
• different conceptions of human rights,
• a range of methodologies around human rights research,
• human rights regimes as related to the European Union in the Asia Pacific region,
• human rights issues around the world.
A particular focus of this course is to discuss the promotion and protection of human rights by examining methodology and reviewing human rights discourse in relation to the European Union in the Asia Pacific.

The course will be delivered as a series of interactive virtual modules including innovative workshops and online reflection to support deeper learning of the concepts, methodologies and issues being presented.
The course content is divided into three thematic blocks:
1. protection, promotion, enforcement: the concept of human rights and EU human rights realities;
2. how to research: methodologies around human rights;
3. who does what in practice: current issues in human rights, with a particular focus on the EU and external action in relation to human rights in the Asia Pacific.

Virtual course delivered through LEARN
• Interactive modules
• Online workshops
• Reflective human rights journal

Learning Outcomes

  • Learning outcomes you can expect to achieve include the following:
  • an assessment focus that is research based
  • develop skills in critical analysis
  • use technology as a research tool
  • learn to reflect on your own learning
  • understanding of a range of human rights research methods
  • as part of the research case study develop analytical skills and the ability to synthesise information

    On completion of the course you will be able to demonstrate:
  • the ability to analyse the impact of human rights, in relation to current political, social and economic developments;
  • critically evaluate emerging trends in relation to the EU and human rights;
  • review the impact of human rights in the context of human security and global civil society;
  • discuss the links between human rights and contemporary challenges to the individual, states, the EU and the international community.

    The content of this course incorporates elements which are of an introductory nature in relation to human rights and then examines this concept more closely incorporating discussion of the EU and current challenges in the area of human rights in the Asia Pacific.



Course Coordinator

For further information see National Centre for Research on Europe Head of Department


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Human Rights Methodology Paper 30%
Human Rights Reflective Journal 25%
Research Case Study 35%

Textbooks / Resources

There is no single text book for the course. Readings will be made available to students via the course page on LEARN.

Selected resources drawn from the Internet and links to relevant web sites for the course will also be made available to students on the course web site.

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $827.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.

For further information see National Centre for Research on Europe .

All EURO428 Occurrences

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