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Learn about human rights as a multidisciplinary field

MicroMasters® Program in
Human Rights
CurtinX

What you will learn

  • The role of modern human rights institutions.
  • The political, historical and philosophical development of ideas about human rights that underpin current systems.
  • Multi-disciplinary, multicultural and multi-religious perspectives of human rights.
  • The roles that social movements, grass-roots campaigns and other initiatives have played in the development of human rights ideas and practices.

Please note: the MicroMasters program will conclude in early 2020 and students who wish to gain the MicroMasters program certificate need to ensure they enrol in (and pass) all 3 HRIGx courses by this time.

Enrich your understanding of human rights ideas and practices at local, national and international levels throughout this series of courses from Curtin University.

Human Rights Theory and Philosophy
Explore what is meant by human rights through learning about the development of the conventional understanding of universal human rights as well as some of the major critiques of the concept.

Human Rights and Development
Discover why a critical understanding of development is paramount to addressing poverty, inequality, climate change, indigenous rights and issues of social justice.

Activism, Advocacy and Change
Learn about the role of social movements, advocacy groups and activism in bringing about social change.

The series is multidisciplinary and will benefit anyone wanting to begin or advance their career across a broad range of disciplines. Gaining 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.

Successful completion of all three verified courses (in addition to a pre-entry assessment task) provides an entry pathway into the Master of Human Rights degree program at Curtin University, which can be studied on campus or fully online. Subject to meeting Curtin’s entry requirements, you will receive credit for three of the ten units that comprise the degree program.

Expert instruction
3 graduate-level courses
Instructor-led
Assignments and exams have specific due dates
9 months
8 - 10 hours per week
$900
USD
For the full program experience

Courses in this program

  1. CurtinX's Human Rights MicroMasters® Program

  2. Started Aug 19, 2019
    8–10 hours per week, for 12 weeks
    Explore what is meant by human rights through learning about the development of the conventional understanding of universal human rights as well as some of the major critiques of the concept.
  3. Started Sep 16, 2019
    8–10 hours per week, for 12 weeks
    Discover why a critical understanding of development is paramount to addressing poverty, inequality, climate change, indigenous rights and issues of social justice.
  4. Starts Feb 3, 2020
    8–10 hours per week, for 12 weeks
    Learn about the role of social movements, advocacy groups and activism in bringing about social change.
  5. What is a MicroMasters Program?
    MicroMasters programs are a series of graduate level courses from top universities designed to advance your career. MicroMasters program certificates showcase deep learning and in-demand skills to employers and can help you get started on a path toward completing an advanced degree.

    How to Earn a MicroMasters Program Certificate
    To earn the program certificate, learners must complete and successfully earn a verified certificate in all three MicroMasters program courses.

    From Program Certificate to a Master’s Degree
    MicroMasters programs are designed to offer learners a pathway to an advanced degree and may count as credit toward completing a Master’s degree program. Learners who successfully earn this MicroMasters program certificate may apply for admission to a Master’s program, and if accepted, the MicroMasters program certificate may count towards the degree.

    Learners who achieve a pass rate of 80% or more in each of the MicroMasters in Human Rights courses, and who also satisfy the entry requirements of the Master of Human Rights, are eligible to apply for Credit of Recognised Learning for three units in the Masters. The Master of Human Rights is available on campus or online.

    For more information please contact the Centre for Human Rights Education.

    View Frequently Asked Questions

    • Human rights is a multidisciplinary area that incorporates politics, anthropology, philosophy, education, social work and legal frameworks.
    • Career opportunities include human rights worker, educator/teacher, health worker, lawyer, social worker, activist, mediation and conflict worker, community worker and development worker, in both the public and private sector.
    • Graduates from Curtin’s degree program have gone on to work in anti-racism programs, human rights non-government organisations, policy development roles, direct service provision in a range of human services, and advocacy and lobbying positions.

Meet your instructors

from Curtin University (CurtinX)
Yirga Gelaw Woldeyes
Lecturer, Centre for Human Rights Education
Curtin University
Caroline Fleay
Associate Professor, Centre for Human Rights Education
Curtin University
Greg Watson
Lecturer, Centre for Human Rights Education
Curtin University

Experts from CurtinX committed to teaching online learning

Program endorsements

A flexible approach to education is important. Amnesty International welcomes the new opportunities MicroMasters provide for people to learn about human rights.

Barbara Weber

FAQs

  • The Human Rights MicroMasters program is intended for those who have completed a bachelor degree or equivalent from a recognised institution in one of the following disciplines: arts/humanities, psychology, education, social work, law, journalism or health.

  • Unfortunately, learners from one or more of the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this program: Iran, Cuba and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer our courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses we have received are not broad enough to allow us to offer this program in all locations. EdX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent us from offering all of our courses to everyone, no matter where they live.

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