edX Announces Free International Human Rights Course

6 Dec

It’s human rights. It’s education. It’s human rights education. And it’s free!

In another batch of outstanding course offerings, edX has announced an International Human Rights course. Taught by Olivier De Schutter, a Professor at the Université catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium, and at the College of Europe (Natolin). He has also served as the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food since May 2008. Here’s a brief course description from edX:

Human rights develop through the constant dialogue between international human rights bodies and domestic courts, in a search that crosses geographical, cultural and legal boundaries. The result is a unique human rights grammar, which this course shall discuss and question, examining the sources of human rights, the rights of individuals and the duties of States, and the mechanisms of protection. We shall rely extensively on comparative material from different jurisdictions, to study a wide range of topics including, for instance, religious freedom in multicultural societies, human rights in employment relationships, economic and social rights in development, or human rights in the context of the fight against terrorism.

As with all of edX’s course offerings, the class is free, and available to take for a certificate or simply to audit for those with less time to commit. The class begins in February 2014.  Other topics of interest to our readership in the field of international development include Health & Society, Global Warming Science, Introduction to Bioethics, Next Generation Infrastructures: Part I, and Ressources naturelles et developpement durable. Each course is taught by professors who are leaders in their respective fields, hailing from Harvard University, MIT, UC Berkeley, and an impressive list of other highly-respected academic institutions.


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