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Defending Human Rights - Online Distance Learning Programme

Course Description

Defending Human Rights

Defending Human Rights is a part-time distance learning programme delivered wholly online in a fully supported environment.
Students can take one, two or three modules as a continuing professional development (CPD) student, without academic credit, or complete all three modules as a postgraduate student, with academic credit.
Postgraduate students who complete all three credit-bearing modules are awarded a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) in Defending Human Rights.

We are now accepting applications for the Post Graduate Certificate, commencing in September 2016. This is the final application date for this programme, which will not be running in future years.

Who is this programme for?

This programme is designed specifically for human rights defenders and those who protect and assist them.
Human rights defenders are people who promote and strive for the protection and realisation of human rights and fundamental freedoms.
This programme would be of interest to a broad range of people engaged in human rights work, such staff of national and international NGOs, lawyers, journalists, writers, government officials, activists, community workers, trade union officials, social workers, teachers and scholars.
The three modules in this programme are designed to help human rights defenders build the knowledge and practical skills needed for effective human rights work under challenging circumstances.


This programme comprises three modules, which can be taken individually (as continuous professional development - CPD - modules) or together for a Postgraduate Certificate (PGCert) qualification:
*International Human Rights Law and Advocacy (Autumn Term)
*Working Safely: Managing Risk and Strengthening Protection (Spring Term)
*Leading and Managing Effective Human Rights Organisations (Summer Term)

CPD students undertake 60 hours of work over 9-10 weeks for each module.
Postgraduate students undertake 200 hours of work over 13 weeks for each module, and are required to undertake additional readings, discussions, and assessed assignments.

Visit the Defending Human Rights - Online Distance Learning Programme page on the University of York website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Either a first degree or relevant professional experience; Competence in the English language

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