Learn about human rights as a multidisciplinary field from history to activism, development, and more.

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

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.

Job Outlook

  • Human right 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 the private sector.
  • Graduates from Curtin’s degree program have gone on to work in anti-racism programs, human rights non-government organizations, policy development roles, direct service provision in a range of human services, and advocacy and lobbying positions.

What You'll 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, grassroots campaigns, and other initiatives have played in the development of human rights ideas and practices.

What is a MicroMasters Program?

Developed to advance a career and born from Master's programs of leading universities, MicroMasters programs are a series of higher-level courses recognized by companies for real job relevancy and may accelerate a Master's degree.

MicroMasters Program Details

How To Earn The MicroMasters Credential
Complete, pass and earn a Verified Certificate in all three Human Rights courses to receive your MicroMasters program certificate.

Take Your Credential To The Next Level

Learners who successfully earn the MicroMasters program certificate are eligible to apply for admission to the Master of Human Rights program at Curtin University.

If a learner applies for admission to the Master of Human Rights program at Curtin University and is accepted, the MicroMasters program certificate will count towards 25% of the coursework required for graduation in the Curtin program (on-campus or online).

More Information

  • Average Length: 12 weeks per course
  • Effort: 8-10 hours per week, per course
  • Number Of Courses: 3 Courses in Program
  • Subject: Humanities, Social Sciences
  • Institutions: Curtin University
  • Institution Offering Credit: Curtin University
  • Language: English
  • Video Transcripts: English
  • Price (USD): Free to try or pursue the MicroMasters credential for $900
Program taught in:
  • English (US)

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Last updated September 30, 2019
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