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About this course

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The course commences through exploring the development of the conventional understanding of universal human rights and then moves to critiquing this concept from cultural relativist, postmodern, postcolonial and feminist perspectives. It also examines understandings of human rights from a range of cultural and religious perspectives as well as other contemporary rights issues.

Developing an awareness of contemporary issues in human rights is important in professions such as education, health, law, social work and development work, both in the public and private sector. You can also benefit from human rights knowledge in a voluntary capacity, advocating social justice, peace or building a sustainable future.

This course is part of the Human Rights MicroMasters program. If you take the verified certificate pathway for the three human rights courses you will qualify for the MicroMasters credential.

The MicroMasters credential is an achievement in itself, but if you want to study further, you can use it towards studying a Master of Human Rights at Curtin.

What you'll learn

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On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • describe and critique human rights theories and philosophies
  • critically analyse political, policy and moral issues using a human rights framework 
Week 1: What do we mean by human rights?
Week 2: Modern perspectives on human rights
Week 3: Constructing human rights: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Week 4: Human rights and the cultural relativist and postmodern critiques
Week 5: Human rights and the postcolonial and decolonial critiques
Week 6: Human rights beyond western perspectives
Week 7: Indigenous rights
Week 8: Human rights and the feminist critiques
Week 9: Sexual Orientation, gender identity and human rights
Week 10: Disability and human rights
Week 11: Human rights and seeking asylum
Week 12: Human rights, the environment and the Anthropocene

Meet your instructors

Caroline Fleay
Associate Professor, Centre for Human Rights Education
Curtin University
Greg Watson
Lecturer, Centre for Human Rights Education
Curtin University

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Learner testimonials

"This course was great! I liked the fact that it addressed so many subject that are normally considered 'fringe', I feel the course opened my curiosity on so many subjects that I had previously not thought much on despite working within a field of human rights law."

"I liked that we had such a comprehensive course structure. It was at par with any Masters course and that is commendable."

Who can take this course?

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