Online course

Foundations in Human Rights & Advocacy

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Course Information

Course information

Student rating 9.2/10

Next start date

Weekly on Mondays

Enrollment closes


Course frequency

Every week


Time committment

- hours



Optional extra

GVI Program Abroad



Book before November 2023 and receive a £100 scholarship

*Flexible payment options available

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Course introduction

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.

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.

Skills you’ll acquire

After completing this course you’ll be able to:

Earn your certification

Certification signature

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.

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.

Course curriculum

Course 1:Human Rights & Advocacy