Advanced Coursework: Human Rights Micromasters powered by edX –Online Program

Offered by: Curtin University

College credits:

Course length: 12 weeks per course



Education level: Master's degree preferred

Enrich your understanding of human rights ideas and practices at local, national and international levels throughout this series of courses from Curtin University.

Human Rights Theory and Philosophy
Explore what is meant by human rights through learning about the development of the conventional understanding of universal human rights as well as some of the major critiques of the concept.

Human Rights and Development
Discover why a critical understanding of development is paramount to addressing poverty, inequality, climate change, indigenous rights and issues of social justice.

Activism, Advocacy and Change
Learn about the role of social movements, advocacy groups and activism in bringing about social change.

The series is multidisciplinary and will benefit anyone wanting to begin or advance their career across a broad range of disciplines. Gaining 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.

Successful completion of all three verified courses (in addition to a pre-entry assessment task) provides an entry pathway into the Master of Human Rights degree program at Curtin University, which can be studied on campus or fully online. Subject to meeting Curtin’s entry requirements, you will receive credit for three of the ten units that comprise the degree program.

Job Outlook

  • Human rights is a multidisciplinary area that incorporates politics, anthropology, philosophy, education, social work and legal frameworks.
  • Career opportunities include human rights worker, educator/teacher, health worker, lawyer, social worker, activist, mediation and conflict worker, community worker and development worker, in both the public and private sector.
  • Graduates from Curtin’s degree program have gone on to work in anti-racism programs, human rights non-government organisations, policy development roles, direct service provision in a range of human services, and advocacy and lobbying positions.
Real Career Impact

"A flexible approach to education is important. Amnesty International welcomes the new opportunities MicroMasters provide for people to learn about human rights."— Barbara Weber , Director, Human Rights Education, Amnesty International
What You'll Learn:

  • The role of modern human rights institutions.
  • The political, historical and philosophical development of ideas about human rights that underpin current systems.
  • Multi-disciplinary, multicultural and multi-religious perspectives of human rights.
  • The roles that social movements, grass-roots campaigns and other initiatives have played in the development of human rights ideas and practices.


Courses require individual enrollments. Courses for this program include:
  • Human Rights Theory and Philosophy 
  • Human Rights and Development 
  • Human Rights Activism, Advocacy and Change 

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