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Curtin University launches Micro Masters in Human Rights

The newly established Micro Masters Program in Human Rights from Curtin University and edX provides an opportunity to learn more about human rights concepts and how these concepts are applied on the global, regional and local level. The Micro Masters consists of three flexible Massive Open Online Courses ideal for young professionals or students who want to deepen their understanding and knowledge in the field of human rights.

What Is the Micro Masters Program?

In the Micro Masters Program in Human Rights, you’ll take a total of three courses related to human rights. The Course work is at graduate level and intended for those who already have some knowledge of human rights. Upon completion, you’ll receive a verified certified for a total cost of 300$.

What Classes Are Included?

The Curtin University Micro Masters Program in Human Rights includes the following three classes:

Human Rights Theory and Philosophy. In this course, you’ll learn about the universal theory of human rights and what critics have said about it over the years.

Human Rights and Development. This course examines the connection between development and ensuring human rights for all people.

Activity, Advocacy and Change. During this course, you will gain an in-depth understanding about how advocacy groups, movements and activists fight for human rights and affect social change.

What Is Involved in the Program?

Each of the three courses has a duration of 12 weeks and is conducted fully online. You’ll need to invest about 8 to 10 hours of time per week to watch the videos, engage with the interactive exercises and study the reading materials assigned for each course. Your mastery of the course material is evaluated through the completion of quizzes, projects and papers.

What Can You Do With the Micro Masters?

While the Micro Masters Program in Human Rights does not award a degree, the classes that are included in the course of study are for-credit classes. Curtin University will allow you to apply the credits toward their master’s degree program in human rights and other universities may be willing to accept the credits for a Master of Arts, Master of Social Science or Master of Laws degree.

For those who do not intend to continue on to study at the master’s level, the program can improve one’s chances of getting hired for careers in the private, public and not-for-profit sectors working in advocacy, public policy, mediation, community services or development.

What Are the Admission Requirements?

To be accepted to the Micro Masters Program in Human Rights, you must be fluent in English and able to verify fluency with IELTS or TOEFL test scores if you are not a native speaker. You must also have either a bachelor’s degree in education, social work, law, journalism, health, arts and humanities or psychology or have a bachelor’s degree in any field plus one year of work experience in a field related to human rights. Finally, you will need to pass a pre-entry assessment, which requires payment of a separate fee. The Micro Masters Program commences in January 2017 and participants can complete the course within 12 months.

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