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Human Rights Courses

Take free online human rights courses. Learn about international human rights, the rights of refugees and other social science subjects with courses from top universities and institutions around the world on edX.

What are Human Rights?

Human rights are fundamental rights inherent to all people. These basic rights apply to everyone without discrimination and include the right to life, the right to freedom, the right to work, to get an education and much more. The United Nations established the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in 1948 which sets forth the fundamental human rights that all nations must adopt and protect.

Online Human Rights Courses and Programs

Get an introduction to human rights with online courses from major universities and institutions worldwide. Edx offers both individual courses and advanced programs designed to help you learn about human rights laws, activism, defense and governmental involvement in an engaging and effective online learning environment complete with video tutorials, quizzes and more.

Additionally, edX offers the option to pursue verified certificates in human rights courses. The certificate lists edX and the name of the university or institution offering the course and can be uploaded to your LinkedIn profile. It is proof for employers and others that you have successfully completed the course. Get started in with one the following courses or programs.

The MicroMasters program in Human Rights from Curtin University includes three courses on human rights laws, advocacy and practices. Gain an in-depth understanding of the concept of universal human rights and learn about how social movements and activism have pioneered positive social change and helped identify and reduce human rights violations.

For an overview of international human rights law, enroll in the course offered by Université Catholique de Louvain as part of their MicroMasters in international law. This free, 10-week course covers current human rights laws and looks at key controversies surrounding their development. Gain a better understanding of human rights in relation to current world events as well as in the context of the fight against terrorism.

Explore these and other free online human rights courses. Many courses are self-paced so you can enroll and start learning today.