Human Rights Activism, Advocacy and Change
date_range Starts on February 3, 2020
event_note Ends on April 27, 2020
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assignment Level : Advanced
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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.

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • describe and critique a range of social movements and advocacy and activist campaigns
  • critically evaluate human rights activist and advocacy campaigns using social movement theories and concepts

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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


Caroline Fleay
Associate Professor, Centre for Human Rights Education
Curtin University

Greg Watson
Lecturer, Centre for Human Rights Education
Curtin University


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Curtin University
Curtin University



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