Bachelor of Human Rights

Be prepared to make an impact

ACU’s Bachelor of Human Rights is an exciting new course that will prepare you for a career in human rights and social justice.

You will graduate with the job-ready skills and knowledge to contribute to the development of policies and practices that are highly valued in the corporate, government and non-government sectors.

You can also combine the Bachelor of Human Rights with a Bachelor of Laws or Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice to further expand your career prospects.

Duration: Three years full-time
Campus: Brisbane, Melbourne, North Sydney*, Strathfield*
Mode: On campus

*Law and criminology units will be offered on the North Sydney Campus; most arts and philosophy units will be taught on the Strathfield Campus.


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What you will study

You will gain an understanding of the fundamentals of human rights law and the legal institutional mechanisms, legal principles and legal decisions that provide the framework for all human rights dialogue and practice. You will undertake a specialised suite of units from legal studies, the social sciences and humanities, and philosophy – culminating in a final-year human rights clinic unit, where you will complete an industry placement in the human rights sector.

A deep understanding of human rights as a theory, its complicated history, and the tools required to make human rights legislation and advocacy meaningful is vital to successfully implement the fundamentals of both human rights legislation and the many varied declarations within Australia and around the world. Upon graduation, you will be able to critically evaluate the place of human rights in modern society.

Career outcomes

  • Advocacy: domestic and international advocacy, humanitarian services, disaster relief, policy development, volunteer co-ordination.
  • Law: Human rights law, international law, immigration law, diversity/equity law.
  • Social services: human services provision, public health, economic development, policy development.
  • International relations: diplomacy, peacekeeping, foreign affairs.
  • Communications: foreign news reporting/correspondence, investigative journalism, research.

Also available

Bachelor of Human Rights/Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Human rights is a highly significant and swiftly growing field of domestic and global research and practice. This new cross-disciplinary Bachelor of Human Rights degree will be attractive to the committed altruists who want a specialist qualification that will prepare them to be the leading human rights advocates of the 21st century, while our Bachelor of Criminology and Criminal Justice explores the causes of antisocial behaviour and develops the knowledge and expertise you’ll need to make a valuable contribution in the criminal justice sector.

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Bachelor of Human Rights/Bachelor of Laws

Human rights advocacy is a rapidly growing field across the world and involves aspects of law, criminal justice, history, philosophy and politics. Studying a Bachelor of Human Rights/Bachelor of Laws will prepare you for a rewarding legal career in human rights both in Australia and globally.

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