In a globalising world, the idea that we share a common humanity is very powerful as people struggle to affirm human values and to work out what that means in the ‘global village.’ We often express common humanity in terms of human rights; the rights that all human beings should possess, regardless of age, sex, culture, race, religion and nationality.
These courses are designed to promote a critical understanding of the human rights discourse. They looks at contemporary, cutting-edge issues in human rights from a multidisciplinary perspective that sees social workers, teachers, philosophers, lawyers, development workers, policy workers, journalists and others as all having vitally important roles in the development of human rights.
In these courses you will cover modern human rights institutions and consider how these work for state and non-state actors. You’ll examine the political, historical and philosophical development of ideas about human rights which underpin current systems. In recognition of the importance of a globalised understanding of human rights, you will also explore ideas about human rights from multi-disciplinary, multicultural and multi-religious perspectives, and look at the roles that social movements, grass-roots campaigns and other actors have played in the development of human rights ideas and practices.
Our courses take a problematising approach to education, provoking you to engage with a range of ideas and perspectives, and to develop your own positions. They employ both theoretical and practical learning methods, giving you the chance to put your learning into practice and pursue individual areas of interest more deeply.