Human rights is a multidisciplinary area that incorporates political theories, anthropology, philosophy, education, social work, development studies and legal frameworks to build a broad and critical understanding of human rights.
If you do not have a relevant degree, this course is an entry pathway to the Master of Human Rights. The graduate certificate is for human rights workers, those who hope to work in the human rights field, professionals who wish to apply human rights principles to their practice, development workers, non-government organisation workers, activists, teachers, mediation and conflict workers, and community workers.
The course involves the study of human rights theory and philosophy across different cultural, religious, philosophical and political traditions, and how these ideas can be translated into practice in the contemporary world. This course is for those working either in Australia or internationally. It is multidisciplinary, and provides an opportunity for those from different cultural backgrounds, professions and disciplines to dialogue about human rights and develop ideas and skills in human rights practice.
Upon successful completion of the graduate certificate, you can enrol in the master degree.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
What jobs can the Human Rights lead to?
Our graduates work in jobs that aim to realise and protect human rights or to raise community awareness about human rights issues, in professions such as education, health, law, social work, development work, in both the public and private sector. Others work for human rights in a voluntary capacity, advocating social justice, peace and a sustainable future.
What you'll learn
- apply knowledge of the principles and concepts of human rights in work and community settings
- critically analyse political, service, policy and moral issues using a human rights framework; think creatively to develop human rights based solutions to social and political problems
- locate, critically evaluate and synthesise relevant evidence and human rights literature
- communicate, both verbally and in writing, comprehensive analyses of complex human rights data or theories
- use technologies to effectively collect information and communicate findings
- demonstrate ability in self-directed learning
- recognise the global nature of human rights issues and apply knowledge of practices learned
- demonstrate a critical appreciation of diverse cultural aspects of human rights theory and practice
- demonstrate ability to work ethically and independently on study and fieldwork projects, as well as work collaboratively with fellow students, staff and colleagues in the field