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Curtin University

Human Rights Activism, Advocacy and Change

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In this course you will explore the role of social movements, advocacy groups and different forms of activism in bringing about change. It covers a range of social movement theories and concepts and explores specific movements and campaigns to illustrate the diversity of movement philosophies, methods and outcomes.

In all societies, advocates and activists play an important role in ensuring that human rights are respected, protected and promoted.

This course is part of the Human Rights MicroMasters program. If you take the verified certificate pathway for the three human rights courses you will qualify for the MicroMasters credential.

The MicroMasters credential is an achievement in itself, but if you want to study further, you can use it towards studying a Master of Human Rights at Curtin.


Topics to be explored include:
• Social movements and power
• Women's rights and activism: unity and difference
• Mahatma Gandhi: satyagraha, satya and ahimsa
• Women and nonviolence movements
• Saul Alinsky: citizen participation and organisation
• Frantz Fanon and decolonisation
• Queer(y)ing human rights activism
• Indigenous protest and activism
• Disability rights and activism
• Refugee rights and activism

Taught by

Dr. Caroline Fleay


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