Catholic University of Louvain Free Online Course on International Human Rights

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The Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) is offering free online course on International Human Rights. The course is structured so that a diligent student, regardless of her background, will be able to conclude the course with a satisfactory grade.

This 10 weeks course will show how the individual has been protected from both public and private power. The course will start on January 10, 2017.

Course At A Glance

Length: 10 weeks
Effort: 6-8 hours per week
Subject: Law
Institution: Catholic University of Louvain and edX
Languages: English
Price: Free
Certificate Available: Yes. Add a Verified Certificate for $50.
Session: Course starts on January 10, 2017

Providers’ Details

The Catholic University of Louvain (UCL), founded in 1425, is one of Europe’s oldest universities. The university has more than 28,000 students from bachelor’s level to doctorate and adult continuing education, in all disciplines. With its main campus located in Louvain-la-Neuve, next to Brussels, the university attracts every year 5,000 international students from more than 120 countries. UCL is ranked first among Belgium’s French-speaking universities (QS World University Ranking).

About This Course

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. University 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.

Why Take This Course?

This is a free online course. This MOOC will be offered with Video Transcripts in English.  Applicants can get a verified certificate.

Learning Outcomes

-A solid understanding of the key controversies surrounding the development of international human rights law
-How to follow the developments of human rights law using the conceptual tools applicants have acquired
-How to take part in the questions raised by the enforcement of international human rights law

Instructors

Olivier De Schutter

Olivier De Schutter is a Professor at the Catholic University of Louvain (UCL) in Belgium and at SciencesPo (Paris), and a Member of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights since 2015.

Requirements

Although no background in the study of law is required, students with little familiarity with legal concepts and legal language might have more difficulty mastering certain notions. The course is structured so that a diligent student, regardless of her background, will be able to conclude the course with a satisfactory grade.

How To Join This Course

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