Human Rights and Development (T3 2019)
date_range Starts on September 16, 2019
event_note Ends on December 9, 2019
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assignment Level : Advanced
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In this course you will learn the meaning of development based on human rights and social justice perspectives. You will understand how development is practiced based on the needs, rights and capabilities of individuals; and critically explore the strengths and shortcomings of these approaches.

Next, you’ll explore the ideology behind international aid programs and look at development from both Indigenous and African perspectives. You’ll uncover human rights abuses, environmental issues and challenges to colonialist development, all of which still have an effect to this day.

Finally, you’ll explore the role of international financial and trade institutions in global development.

If you take the verified certificate pathway for the three human rights courses you will qualify for the MicroMasters credential, however please be aware that you must complete all three courses to qualify for this 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:

  • understand contemporary challenges involving development and human rights
  • critically evaluate development ideologies and their impacts in society
  • apply social justice and human rights principles in development practices
  • contribute to development programs that benefit vulnerable groups

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Week 1: Introduction, human rights and development
Week 2: The Basic Needs Approach (BNA)
Week 3: The Capability Approach (CA)
Week 4: The Rights Based Approach (RBA)
Week 5: The Human Security Approach to Development and Human Rights
Week 6: Development, gender and human rights
Week 7: Australia's aid: ideology and programs
Week 8: Human rights and development – an Indigenous perspective
Week 9: African perspectives on human rights and development
Week 10: Development and the role of international financial institutions: the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank
Week 11: Development, human rights and the environment
Week 12: Reflections


Yirga Gelaw Woldeyes
Lecturer, 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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