The Human Rights and Social Justice course is designed to promote a critical understanding of the human rights discourse. The course covers modern human rights institutions and how these work for state and non-state actors. The course also explores the political, historical and philosophical development of ideas about human rights and social justice which underpin current systems. In recognition of the importance of a globalized understanding of human rights, the course explores ideas about human rights from multi-disciplinary, multicultural and multi-religious perspectives, as well as looks at the roles of social movements, grass-roots campaigns and other actors have played in the development of human rights ideas and practices. The course employs both theoretical and practical learning methods giving participants the chance to put their learning into practice and to pursue individual areas of interest more deeply.
The course consist of nine (9) different modules, discussion and empowerment session each of which is geared towards helping the participants understand and internalize the human rights principles and systems. The programme will give participants creative, concrete knowledge of how to use international and regional human rights treaties and enforcement mechanisms in their work for the protection and promotion of human rights and social justice.
By the end of this course, participants will:
- Understand what human rights and social justice are, where they came from and why we have them.
- Develop an understanding of the challenges to human rights and social justice from an interdisciplinary perspective.
- Understand why these bodies of law exist, how they interact, what each term means and how they are applied.
- Identify ways in which human rights learning can increase the effectiveness of their human rights work.
- Understand the roles, functions and responsibilities of various actors, organisations and institutions in international human rights and humanitarian law.
At the end of the course participants will understand how human rights can be used as a practical tool to support them in their work. The course can be used to establish or strengthen existing human rights policies and practices both in the public and private sector.
The maximum number of course participants is 40. Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Participation.
This course is aimed at human rights educators, advocates, activists, legal practitioners, law enforcement officers, women activists, research officers, managers and staff of human rights institutions, NGOs and CBOs, donor agency program officers, volunteers, development actors, trainers, students, Ministry of Justice officials, inter-governmental organisations, academics and other interested parties. Furthermore, every opportunity will be taken for joint learning events for participants and GHRLTI staff.
Participants must have a current e-mail account, regular access to and general familiarity with the internet and mobile phones.
Interaction with students will be via the Global Human Rights Leadership Training Institute training platform and all course notes and guidelines for study will be delivered and accessible to students in electronic format.
All the course modules will be available to the students at the inception of the course. At the end of each module, an assignment is completed by the students and marked by the course experts.
Award of the Certificates:
Statistics from previous courses showed that submission of assignments and receiving online tutoring help participants to integrate human rights in their various activities. Certificates will be awarded only to those students who:
- Completed all assignments and Final Exam
- Obtain a combined final mark of 50% or more for the assignments and Final Exam.
Successful students will receive the GHRLTI Certificate in Human Rights Learning.
The course tuition fee is US$300. Course fees include access to all course materials, expert support, assignments as well as postage and packaging of a certificate. There is a limited amount of partial scholarships available for applicants from developing countries, based on financial need.
Location: Online [Web-based]
Total Duration: One month, approximately 84 hours learning time
The deadline for application is 1st March 2021. While full tuition payment is due on before 2nd March 2021. However, applications will be accepted on a first-come-first-serve basis. You can apply by completing the online application form at https://justicegroup.org/submit-your-application-form/.
Introduction to Human Rights
The Fundamentals of Human Rights Systems
Fundamental Human Rights Principles
Human Rights of Women
- Gender and the widespread misconception of human rights of women
- Historical overview of the rights of women
- Women and poverty
- Women and health
- Women and violence
- Women and armed conflict
- Intercultural perspectives and controversial issues
- Implementation and monitoring of human rights of women
- Assignment 4
The Rights of the Child
- The struggle to protect the rights of the child
- Child rights and human/child security
- The nature and content of the human rights of children
- Principal concepts of the convention on the rights of the child
- Intercultural perspectives and controversial issues
- Implementation and monitoring of the human rights of the child
- Assignment 5
Human Rights Standards and Security
Human Rights and the Guarantee of Democratic Pluralism
The General Application of Human Rights: How Human Rights Work