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Passionate about achieving access to justice for those who have experienced domestic violence? Determined to reduce abuse against vulnerable groups like children, refugees and women?

Complete the Human Rights and Advocacy online course to kickstart your career in this diverse and fascinating field, and help tackle these global issues. This online course, which is offered in partnership with the University of Richmond and UNC Charlotte, incorporates key concepts, tools and terminology that are used to analyze the achievements and failures of justice systems. Throughout, you’ll study the skills that are needed to implement successful human rights initiatives.

The curriculum of this human rights and advocacy course has been shaped through two decades of GVI’s experience in running community development and women’s rights initiatives on bases around the world. You will also learn about the history of human rights and the milestone, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) as well as other key human rights treaties. As such, you will come away with a solid foundation of understanding surrounding key human rights issues, project funding, and managing social justice initiatives.

Skills you’ll acquire

After completing this course you’ll be able to:

  • explain various human rights theories commonly used to shape on-the-ground projects
  • analyse the reasoning behind different definitions of a “human right”
  • identify common pitfalls in many human rights initiatives
  • recall a range of real-world examples detailing human rights issues
  • summarise key issues for human rights.

Is this course for you?

This course is for anyone who is looking to start a career that makes a meaningful impact on the world. Whether you are 16 years old, a career starter or a mid-level professional, the course will help you pursue a vocation that focuses on reducing inequality and promoting a high quality of life for all people.

Course Curriculum

Throughout the course, you’ll study a range of cases, detailing the successes and pitfalls of human rights initiatives throughout the world. You may review an inquiry into how a Ghanian coalition of disability rights organisations work to reduce misinformation, harmful interventions, and the stigma of “disabilities”. Their aim is to prevent violence against disabled persons and advocate for an increase in governmental financing to provide specialised support.

These case studies will provide an understanding of cultural relativism, and explain how cultural, political, religious and economic factors can often change what the most effective implementation method of a human rights initiative is.

You’ll also study The Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 30 rights and freedoms that are detailed within. It was the first global agreement to prioritise human equality over political power, and is arguably the basis for all human rights initiatives around the world. You will take away a standard to compare every individual and organ of society to in terms of freedom and fairness.

Finally, the course will allow you to look ahead, into the future of human rights. You will be challenged to answer questions such as: What emerging global challenges can we predict? What changes are required to confront regimes weaknesses? How can we work to facilitate those changes?
Orientation to our online learning platform
Module 1: Human Rights Introduction
Module 2: International Normative Framework Around Human Rights
Module 3: Cultural Relativism and Regional Issues
Module 4: The Rights of Specific Groups
Module 5: Current Issues, Debates and Ways Forward

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

This course includes material related to these Goals

Earn a certificate

Want to show colleges, universities and employers that you’ve got the knowledge and skills covered in this course? Once you’ve successfully completed any of our courses, we’ll send you a digital certificate of completion at no additional cost. The certificate will feature the official name of the course and your name. Add the certificate to your college application, your graduate school application, your job application or your LinkedIn page.

Your course expert

Corey Barr

Human Rights Consultant
Corey Barr is a human rights consultant specialising in gender equality. She regularly consults with globally recognised organisations such as Amnesty International, the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), the United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). She’s also served as Program Director at Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) where she developed gender-related human rights courses.

Alumni Testimonials

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Human Rights and Advocacy

This course was amazing! It has helped me gain more confidence and knowledge on human rights issues. Before starting this course i had barely any knowledge and now i feel as though i can confidently have a discussion about current human rights issues in the world. There is a good mix of all learn [...]

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Human Rights and Advocacy

The courses are full of information and professionals in the field, I have motivated and so inspired after completing the courses with GVI to pursue a career is sustainable development with a little more information on the subjects I’m most passionate about. With the current COVID19 situati [...]

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Human Rights and Advocacy

After taking the Intro to Human Rights Course, I have a very informed and structured lens to look at current events through. I understand better the context in which injustices are occurring and how to address them.

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