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4 Excellent Human Rights Distance Learning Courses

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M.A. Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies

Offered through the University of London, this degree takes a rounded view of many aspects of human rights in regards to refugees. Students will examine the legal framework of global migrant policies, and develop an in-depth understanding of current issues and trends. Though completed wholly online, it is semi-structured and does follow a certain time line. Students are expected to commit around twenty hours a week to the course, which takes two years overall. The course fees are just over £7,000 a year, with start dates in either October or March. Applications are accepted until February 1 for the October start, and September 1 for the March start.

Master International Human Rights Law

This University of Oxford degree includes a combination of distance and on campus study. Each student will study the theory of Human Rights Law online for seven months, as well as complete four three week seminars on campus that explore a selection of topics in-depth. The tuition for the course in its entirety is just under £24,000.This is a fully structured part time course, meaning that from the September start date students will be expected to complete a certain amount of work per week and will have deadlines. The application deadline for the 2016 start date has passed, but students can apply for the September 2017 start date until January 22, 2017.

Short Course—Civil Liberties and the Bill of Rights

In the United States of America, many rights and freedoms are enshrined in the Constitution and similar legislative documents. Untangling the, often complicated, language and procedures for these rights and freedoms is not necessarily easy. This course, offered via thegreatcourse.com, does just that. While not an accredited course, it is undoubtedly a valuable resource for those undertaking any sort of American law vocation. The price for the course, offered via DVD, CD, or digital download, ranges from $40 USD to $50 USD. Students will receive several audio lectures and a guidebook. This is a completely structured course and is not tested or graded. Students may purchase it and begin at any time.

Postgraduate Certificate in Human Rights and Development Management

The Open University is an accredited school that runs out of the UK but delivers all of their courses online. This one year course seeks to evaluate the role of human rights in business, and analyzes the concepts of corporate responsibility, and the environment in which such factors may come into play. The course in its entirety is just over £3,200. Students will engage with various activities and practical assessments, though all of their work will be completed by distance. The application deadline for the November 2016 start date is October 18 2016.

Short Course—Business, Human Rights Law, and Corporate Social Responsibility

Also offered through Open University, this short course covers many of the same themes as the postgraduate certificate course. Those who are interested in taking the postgraduate certificate, but who don’t want to commit to the full course, can take this module and transfer the credits from it to another postgraduate qualification at Open University at a later time. The cost for this course is £1,900 and it runs for nine months. The start date for the 2016 year is in November, and though the application deadline isn’t listed, it is presumably the same as the postgraduate certificate—October 18.

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