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Leading Global Social Change: Human Rights and International Law

The global challenges facing the world today have the potential to affect all of us in some way, whether it be poverty, inequality, immigration laws or climate change. At the core of many of these challenges are human rights: the rights inherent to all individuals regardless of where they are from, what they look like or what they believe.

No matter your profession, human rights matter. Violations of human rights have compelled people to march and protest for centuries. Activists and advocates work to enact change to ensure that all people are granted the liberties that they are entitled to as human beings. Without human rights, many of the freedoms that people around the world enjoy today would not be recognized as freedoms at all.

Human Rights

Whether you work in education, government, social work, law or healthcare, or whether you simply want to bridge divides and engage in activism and advocacy, it is important to understand contemporary human rights. The Human Rights MicroMasters program from CurtinX will teach you about human rights issues in today’s society and provide you with a deep understanding of human rights at a local, national and international level.

You will learn what human rights are, the role of development in addressing human rights issues, and how social movements and advocacy can lead to lasting change. The knowledge you gain from the program will enable you to enhance or begin your career in a broad range of disciplines, and help you become more involved in addressing human rights issues that face our communities. The first course, Human Rights Theory and Philosophy, starts February 14.

International Law

If you want to enact change on a global scale, take your advocacy one step further and embark on a career in international law. Jobs for lawyers are expected to increase by 6% from 2014 through 2024, and the median pay for lawyers is $115,000 per year, making for a favorable career outlook. As an international lawyer, one of the many opportunities you would have is defending people in cases of human rights violations and ensuring that their freedoms are protected.

In addition to having a strong understanding of human rights, an international lawyer must understand the policies that govern the international community. The International Law MicroMasters program from LouvainX will give you an understanding of the international laws that regulate human rights, war, and the economy. You will learn about the legal rules at play in different fields of international relations, how to make legal arguments, and how to interpret international news from a legal perspective. The first course, International Human Rights Law is self-paced and open for enrollment. 

In our increasingly interconnected world, challenges at home and abroad are no longer confined to a single place — they affect everyone. You have the power to face those challenges head-on as an activist, an educator, a lawyer, or any number of other careers. The MicroMasters programs in human rights and international law will help you advance your career so you can bring about the change you want to see in the world.

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