In a world where news is shared freely online as it unfolds, the nature of journalism and self-expression are changing. Freedom of Expression in the Age of Globalization examines freedom of expression and information under the lens of our modern world, defining what it means from a legal standpoint.
The course covers the protections in place to defend this basic human right and how censorship and other restrictions on expression may be tested for their legal merit. Both the Internet and online expression are covered in the course and what threats to freedom of expression and information remain in our globalized world.
Freedom of Expression in the Age of Globalization is taught by Dr. Agnès Callamard, the Director of Global Freedom of Expression at Columbia University, and was developed with the help of journalists and activists fighting for freedom of the press and human rights around the world. The course lasts for 6 weeks and requires just 4 to 6 hours of time per week for successful completion. Video transcripts are provided for later review of the course material.
While the course is free, those who finish the entire class can purchase a Verified Certificate to prove that they participated if they wish. Considered an intermediate level college course of study, the distance education class assumes that students have a basic understanding of the fundamentals of human rights law. Those with a background in law, journalism and human rights are likely to find the class to be most useful.
Amnesty International is committed to fighting for human rights around the globe and seeks to raise awareness about fundamental rights to which all human beings are entitled through exciting educational programs. Human Rights: The Right to Freedom of Expression is the organization’s introduction to the right to freedom of expression and can be beneficial for anyone who is concerned about the rights of all people to speak their minds without fear of punishment.
Human Rights: The Right to Freedom of Expression begins with a definition of what freedom of expression means. Students will learn why freedom of expression matters and the many ways that it can be threatened. Then, the course covers real instances of human rights abuses and examines what actions were taken to fight against them. Critical thinking about course materials is strongly encouraged by the team of 11 expert instructors.
By the end of the 3-week course, those who complete Human Rights: The Right to Freedom of Expression will be in a better position to defend freedom of expression for themselves and for others. The inspiring course provides the necessary tools and knowledge to help people from all backgrounds who hail from every corner of the globe be ready to fight for change whenever they see abuses of the right to expression being committed.
Archived for completing at any time, the course requires a time commitment of just 3 to 5 hours per week. There are no prerequisites to enroll except for fluency in English and a desire to be an agent of change.