Whether you want to enter the field of human rights and social justice, infuse your profession with principles of diversity and inclusion, or advance your expertise as a seasoned human rights worker, this course can support your aspirations.
Additionally, the strong cultural skillset and global perspective developed through this course would be an excellent foundation for a new career in international development or international relations.
Delivered through our Centre for Human Rights Education, this course draws on the centre’s strong partnerships and commitment to inclusivity, social justice and ethical behaviour. You’ll experience award-winning and innovative teaching from lecturers with extensive activist and advocacy experiences. Together with your peers, you’ll engage in important discussions around some of the most urgent global issues we face, and examine how we may respond.
As the only multidisciplinary course in human rights and global engagement in Australia, this two-year program will expose you to rich and varied perspectives on human rights in a global context. This includes insights into regional politics, culture and justice, intercultural competence, and sustainability. This will enable you to build a broad and critical understanding enabling you to develop your own views and solutions to current crises faced by the world.
You’ll strengthen your intercultural competence by exploring diverse cultural and religious perspectives, enhancing your understanding of how your own culture has influenced your views and beliefs, and deepening your understanding of other world views. This will prepare you to work in a range of settings with people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
This course provides opportunities to gain practical experience in real-world scenarios, such as developing advocacy campaign strategies and engaging in simulation exercises modelled on UN human rights agency hearings. You’ll also have the opportunity to complete an internship to gain real-world experience in human rights and global engagement.
Depending on your unique interests and experience, this course can lead to a range of careers in advocacy, policy-making, education, community development, youth work or international development.
What jobs can the Human Rights and Global Engagement lead to?
- Human rights and social justice advocate
- International development worker
- Diversity and inclusion consultant
- Community engagement officer
- Social justice and sustainability advocate
- Foreign or multicultural policy advisor
- Non-profit and human rights organisations
- International development
- Government and public policy
- Environment and sustainability
- Diplomacy and foreign service
What you'll learn
- apply inter-disciplinary knowledge, principles and concepts from across political science, sociology, history, human geography and area studies to understanding human rights and global and regional engagement
- apply knowledge of the principles and concepts of human rights and global engagement in work and community settings
- think critically and creatively about the opportunities and challenges presented by contemporary global engagement and possible, equitable, and sustainable futures, by identifying local-regional-global interdependencies
- communicate, both verbally and in writing, comprehensive analyses of complex human rights and global engagement data and theories
- understand and navigate human rights and global engagement in ethical ways, acknowledging one’s own values, cultural beliefs, practices, power relations, and worldviews
- respect difference in a range of intersecting factors, including Indigenous values and knowledges, drawing upon theory that deals critically with exploitation and underpins engagement with multiple others