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edX Human Rights and Development

Curtin University via edX

  • Overview
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    Curtin University
    12 weeks
    8 to 10 hours per week
    Paid Certificate Available
    Part of:
    MicroMasters Program: Human Rights
    In this course you will learn the meaning of development based on human rights and social justice perspectives. You will understand how development is practiced based on the needs, rights and capabilities of individuals; and critically explore the strengths and shortcomings of these approaches.

    Next, you’ll explore the ideology behind international aid programs and look at development from both Indigenous and African perspectives. You’ll uncover human rights abuses, environmental issues and challenges to colonialist development, all of which still have an effect to this day.

    Finally, you’ll explore the role of international financial and trade institutions in global development.

    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
    On successful completion of this course you will be able to:
    • understand contemporary challenges involving development and human rights
    • critically evaluate development ideologies and their impacts in society
    • apply social justice and human rights principles in development practices
    • contribute to development programs that benefit vulnerable groups
    Week 1: Introduction, human rights and development
    Week 2: The Basic Needs Approach (BNA)
    Week 3: The Capability Approach (CA)
    Week 4: The Rights Based Approach (RBA)
    Week 5: The Human Security Approach to Development and Human Rights
    Week 6: Development, gender and human rights
    Week 7: Australia's aid: ideology and programs
    Week 8: Human rights and development – an Indigenous perspective
    Week 9: African perspectives on human rights and development
    Week 10: Development and the role of international financial institutions: the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank
    Week 11: Development, human rights and the environment
    Week 12: Reflections

    Taught by
    Dr. Yirga Gelaw Woldeyes

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