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edX Human Rights Theory and Philosophy

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
    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 CurtinX 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:
    • 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

    Taught by
    Dr. Caroline Fleay

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