The course commences through exploring the development of the conventional understanding of universal human rights and then moves to critiquing this concept from cultural relativist, postmodern, postcolonial and feminist perspectives. It also examines understandings of human rights from a range of cultural and religious perspectives as well as other contemporary rights issues. Developing an awareness of contemporary issues in human rights is important in professions such as education, health, law, social work and development work, both in the public and private sector. You can also benefit from human rights knowledge in a voluntary capacity, advocating social justice, peace or building a sustainable future. This course is part of the CurtinX Human Rights MicroMasters program. If you take the verified certificate pathway for the three human rights courses you will qualify for the MicroMasters credential. The MicroMasters credential is an achievement in itself, but if you want to study further, you can use it towards studying a Master of Human Rights at Curtin. Syllabus Week 1: What do we mean by human rights? Week 2: Modern perspectives on human rights Week 3: Modern perspectives on human rights (continued) Week 4: Constructing human rights: The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Week 5: Human rights and the cultural relativist and postmodern critiques Week 6: Human rights and the postcolonial critiques Week 7: Feminist critiques and rights in the private domain Week 8: Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Human Rights Week 9: Disability and human rights Week 10: Human rights and the ethics of the use of force Week 11: Human rights, the environment and the Anthropocene Week 12: Human rights regimes, norms and socialisation
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