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Foundations in Human Rights and Advocacy

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Program Code: GVOL0771M

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Weekly on Mondays

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Every week



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$140 scholarships available. Book by 31 August*

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Are you passionate about achieving fair access to justice for all? Or are you an advocate for the rights of women, children, refugees and other vulnerable groups? Join our Foundations in Human Rights and Advocacy online course to develop the skills, knowledge and network you need to launch your career in the field of human rights. This online course is offered in partnership with the University of Richmond and UNC Charlotte.

Become familiar with the essential terminology, tools and concepts that will allow you to better understand how the justice system works. Study the key human rights policies, along with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) as you gain insight into some of the most important milestones and historical events of human rights.

Skills you’ll acquire

After completing this course you’ll be able to:

  • understand key human rights issues, project funding, and managing social justice initiatives
  • explain various human rights theories and how these can be used to help community initiatives succeed
  • implement best practice and ethical considerations when engaging with local communities
  • identify ideal career paths for yourself in human rights and advocacy
  • distinguish the stages of team development and how to identify the skills, roles and leadership styles within a team.

Is this course for me?

If you are passionate about fighting inequality and allowing access to justice for all, then this course is for you. This is the perfect course for those looking to improve the quality of life for people across the world and in taking up human rights or advocacy as a career. It’s suited to everyone from high school, college and graduate students to career switchers and retired seniors. There is something for everyone who wants to learn more about the steps being taken to tackle this global issue.

Course Curriculum

This program includes our Human Rights and Advocacy course. In this course, you’ll first learn about the 30 universal human rights. Then you’ll look at how local factors impact the effective implementation of human rights. You’ll also learn about the rights of specific groups. Finally, you’ll discuss current and emerging human rights debates.

The program also includes our Community Development course. Some key topics covered in this course include common pitfalls of community development initiatives, the difference between negative and positive impact, the impact of local factors, how to identify the strengths of a community and how to balance the requirements of financial donors to the community development program with the objectives and welfare of the community itself.

The program also includes our Careers in Sustainable Development and Leading Teams for Impact courses. In the careers course, you’ll learn about the different careers available in sustainable development. You’ll also learn how to network, write a resume, submit an application and impress during an interview. In the leadership course, you’ll identify your own leadership style. You’ll learn how to set goals, give feedback, manage conflict and identify different roles of team members.

United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

This course includes material related to these Goals
COURSE 1 : Human Rights and Advocacy
Orientation to our online learning platform
Module 1 : Human Rights Introduction
Module 2 : International Normative Framework Around Human Rights
Module 3 : Cultural Relativism and Regional Issues
Module 4 : The Rights of Specific Groups
Module 5 : Current Issues, Debates and Ways Forward
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COURSE 2 : Community Development
Orientation to our online learning platform
Module 1 : Introduction to Community Development
Module 2 : Understanding a Local Context and Its Priorities
Module 3 : How to Engage with Communities
Module 4 : The Ethics of Stakeholder Management
Module 5 : Best Practices in Community Development
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COURSE 3 : Careers in Sustainable Development
Orientation to our online learning platform
Module 1 : Career Paths and Opportunities
Module 2 : Your Values and Ways to Make an Impact
Module 3 : Career Mapping and Choices
Module 4 : Building Your Profile and Personal Brand
Module 5 : Securing Your Dream Job
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COURSE 4 : Leading Teams for Impact
Orientation to our online learning platform
Module 1 : Introduction to Team Leading
Module 2 : Planning and Setting Team Goals
Module 3 : Preparing by Creating a Safe, Supportive Environment
Module 4 : Presenting and Communicating With Your Team
Module 5 : Performing and Developing a Leadership Style
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Earn a certificate

Want to show colleges, universities and employers that you’ve got the knowledge and skills covered in this course? Once you’ve successfully completed any of our courses, we’ll send you a digital certificate of completion at no additional cost. The certificate will feature the official name of the course and your name. Add the certificate to your college application, your graduate school application, your job application or your LinkedIn page.

Your course experts

Corey Barr

Human Rights Consultant
Corey Barr is a human rights consultant specialising in gender equality. She regularly consults with globally recognised organisations such as Amnesty International, the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR), the United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). She’s also served as Program Director at Human Rights Education Associates (HREA) where she developed gender-related human rights courses.

Candice Clark

HR Practitioner and Career Coach
Candice Clark, a certified life coach, has spent over a decade as a human resource (HR) practitioner and has led hundreds of individuals in making crucial career decisions. Her background is in psychology and she’s a specialist wellness counsellor registered with the Association for Supportive Counsellors and Holistic Practitioners (ASCHP). She’s currently completing a Master’s of Public Health (MPH).

Cheryl Martin

GVI Regional Director of Asia
Over the course of nearly a decade working with GVI, Cheryl Martin has led hundreds of leadership training courses around the world. Originally starting her career as an early childhood development teacher, Cheryl has over 25 years of experience as a classroom teacher and spent five as an assistant principal. As GVI’s regional director of Asia, Cheryl oversees the development of GVI staff across the Asian subcontinent.

Jill Walker

GVI Director of Operations
Jill Walker has spent more than a decade in leadership positions across GVI’s many sustainable development projects around the world. As GVI’s director of operations, she oversees the development and training of dozens of GVI’s mid-level managers. Jill holds a MSc in environmental education, and she’s currently completing an integrative coaching certificate.

Alumni Testimonials

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Foundations in Human Rights and Advocacy

This course was amazing! It has helped me gain more confidence and knowledge on human rights issues. Before starting this course i had barely any knowledge and now i feel as though i can confidently have a discussion about current human rights issues in the world. There is a good mix of all learn [...]

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Foundations in Human Rights and Advocacy

The courses are full of information and professionals in the field, I have motivated and so inspired after completing the courses with GVI to pursue a career is sustainable development with a little more information on the subjects I’m most passionate about. With the current COVID19 situati [...]

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Foundations in Human Rights and Advocacy

After taking the Intro to Human Rights Course, I have a very informed and structured lens to look at current events through. I understand better the context in which injustices are occurring and how to address them.

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