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ISE2002 Human Rights and Ideologies of the Nation State

Semester 1, 2021 On-campus Toowoomba
Short Description: Human Rights & Ideologies
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Coll for Indigenous Studies, Education & Research
School or Department : Coll for Indigenous Studies, Education & Research
Student contribution band : 2021 Grandfather Funding Cl 1
ASCED code : 090311 - Indigenous Studies
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Melanie Waters

Other requisites

Students will require access to e-mail and have internet access to U Connect for this course.


This course will offer an overview of Indigenous people’s actual and lived experiences, human rights and ideologies of the Nation State. It will provide an analysis of race, power and power structures throughout western civilisation and the subsequent impact of these on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander bodies. A broader analysis of the systems, thinking and policy development that have impacted Aboriginal people’s Human Rights will be investigated. This course offers an overview of western (European/ White) structures that impact and affect contemporary society and the mechanisms by which Human Rights in Australia are enacted.


This course focuses on Western ideologies and the formation of Nation States in otherwise occupied territories. An analysis of the world we currently live in will be undertaken in relation to historical and contemporary political practices, both Aboriginal and Western. This course will provide students with an analysis of contemporary world history and an understanding of International human rights, treaty's, charters and legislations and the lack thereof in Australia.


On successful completion of this course students should be able to:

  1. Explain the relationship between the ‘Modern Rights State’ and place-based ideologies
  2. Analyse and describe notions of Empire, colonialism, dispossession, globalisation and capitalism
  3. Argue and defend positions on international Indigenous Human Rights
  4. Critically evaluate current legislation including a Human Rights charter in Australia
  5. Recognise and analyse the stages of western development that impact on First Nations peoples.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Place: before a nation state, sovereignty, empire and colonialism. 20.00
2. International Indigenous Human Rights. 20.00
3. Enlightenment, Modernity, globalization, neo- liberalism. 20.00
4. First Nations people and the Nation State. 20.00
5. Ideologies of terror: orientalism, globalism, military power and fear. 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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United Nations General Assembly 2008, United Nations declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples, United Nations Publication, New York.
(Adopted: 13 September 2007) (Available on StudyDesk.)
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948 can be accessed at:

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.
Adams, Michael 2013, 'Indigenous knowledge and climate change in Australia; can the traditional knowledge of Australia’s Indigenous communities keep pace with climate change?', Current Conservation, vol. 7, no. 1, pp. 17-21.
Bajaj, M 2011, 'Human rights education: ideology, location, and approaches', Human Rights Quarterly, vol. 33, -, pp. 481-508.
Healy, J 2014, Indigenous rights: issues in society, Indigenous Rights: Issues in Society, NSW, Australia.
Snelgrove, C, Dhamoon, RK, & Corntassel, J 2014, 'Unsetting settler colonialism: the discourse and politics of settlers, and solidarity with Indigenous nations', Journal of Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, vol. 3, no. 2, pp. 1-32.
Australian Human Rights Commission. 2012, Reconciliation action plan for the year 2012.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Directed Study 60.00
Private Study 105.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 35 35 05 Apr 2021
ASSIGNMENT 2 50 50 31 May 2021
ASSIGNMENT 3 15 15 09 Jun 2021

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them, to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Not applicable.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments must comply with the Harvard (AGPS) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The Harvard (APGS) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. This guide can be found at

  2. ISE2002 Human Rights Ideology and Nation State supports student learning by using various pedagogical methods and course content, as well as a good teaching practice to ensure students gain knowledge and skills in all Level 1 attributes, with particular focus on those identified in the skill assessment table and more broadly in the Assignment Matrix (above).

Other requirements

  1. Students are required to have access to a personal computer, e-mail capabilities and Internet access to U Connect. Current details of computer requirements can be found at

  2. Students can expect that questions in assessment items in this course may draw upon knowledge and skills that they can reasonably be expected to have acquired before enrolling in this course. This includes knowledge contained in pre-requisite courses and appropriate communication, information literacy, analytical, critical thinking, problem solving or numeracy skills. Students who do not possess such knowledge and skills should not expect the same grades as those students who do possess them.

  3. Students shall adhere to non-racist language within classroom and assessment activities.

  4. Students need to regularly engage within the classroom or virtual classroom lessons and participate during the semester.

Date printed 18 June 2021