6 FREE Human Rights Related Online Courses


Workers’ Rights in a Global Economy

This iversity course starting on 3 March 2016 is dealing with Worker’s Rights and their interelatedness to poverty reduction, equality and human rights. After finishing the course participants will have a solid understanding of the history of Worker’s Rights, the institutional framework guiding the International Labour Organization and about the nature of the right to Freedom of Association. The course is structured in 7 chapters with a multiple choice exam at the end. It features renowned facilitators and contributors from the ILO, OCED and various global universities including Berlin School of Economics and Law, Penn State University (USA) and the Global Labour University (Germany). Like all courses presented in this list auditing this online course is entirely for free, while a paid certification is available for 49 Euros.

Altough this course already started on 21 January it is not too late to join in and participate until the end of March. The free online course provides students with fundamental knowledge about women’s health and human rights, elaborates on sexual and reproductive rights while taking economic, social, political factors into consideration. One of the goals of the course is to create a global community of engaged students interested in Women’s Health and its interrelatednes to human rights.

Introduction to Human Rights

This free open online course is available on udemy and facilitated by lawyer and human rights professor José Zalaquett. The course provides students with a brief introduction about international human rights and highlights a few more specific issues such as the rights of the child, women’s rights, Migration and Human Rights, Environment and Human Rights etc. The course contains of 33 lectures and 6 hours of videos. The course is entirely held in English and is also available on IOS and Android.

International Law in Action: A Guide to the International Courts and Tribunals in The Hague

This course hosted by Coursera and facilitated by the University of Leiden starts on 14 March 2016. It offers students the opportunity to acquire a better understanding of the functions and features of the courts and tribunals present in The Hague. Students will gain insights about the mandate and functionality of the International Criminal Court (ICJ) and its potential to contribute to global justice. The course, which focuses primarily on aspects of International Law, has a full duration of 5 weeks with one final exam at the end for those who want to obtain a paid certificate.

Essentials of Nonprofit Strategy

While this course is not a human rights course per se it can empower future leaders to achieve successes with their projects and ideas. The course, which starts on 15 March claims to, help students to “develop successful strategies to achieve” organizational goals “and make strides towards meaningful impact.” The course is facilitated by Paul Brest (Stanford Law School), who is the former President of Hewlett Foundation. To receive a Statement of Accomplishment, you will need to complete 4 out of the 6 weekly assignments.

Storytelling for Change

Another course that can be highly useful to human rights defenders is “Storytelling for Change” hosted by +Acumen and starting on June 21. The participants of this course will learn “how to tell stories and use a specific set of storytelling skills” so that they “connect with the hearts and minds” of their audience. The course requires a committment of 3-4 hours per week and finished on 17 August 2016.

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De Anna Le Pree

De Anna Le Pree, M.A. in Gender and Peacebuilding from the U.N. mandated University For Peace, Costa Rica.

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