Human rights course Utrecht University in the spotlight because of anti-racism protests
Coursera, one of the world's largest platforms for online courses, puts Utrecht University's human rights MOOC (massive online open course) on a list of leading courses on race, inequality and social justice.
The company says there is an urgent need for everyone to learn more about these topics right now. Professor Antoine Buyse, one of the teachers of the MOOC Human Rights for Open Societies at Utrecht University, endorses this necessity.
"The # BlackLivesMatter movement and anti-racism protests reflect deeper problems, including in our own society. About discrimination and violence but also about social justice. Real change starts with action, but also with knowledge and awareness. In that context, Coursera , the platform on which Utrecht University also makes MOOCs available, has now curated a worldwide selection of relevant courses on these themes, including our MOOC Human Rights for Open Societies. "
The # BlackLivesMatter movement and anti-racism protests reflect deeper problems, including in our own society. About discrimination and violence but also about social justice. Real change starts with action, but also with knowledge and awareness.
More than 20,000 students have already followed this MOOC, which has a very high rating at Coursera: 4.7 out of 5 stars.
MOOC Human Rights for Open Societies
In this course, Prof Antoine Buyse (Human Rights), Prof Janneke Gerards (Fundamental Rights Law) and Claire Loven introduce you to one of the world’s most intricate human rights systems: the European Convention on Human Rights. This international treaty is one of the most successful instruments for protecting human dignity and it is a crucial tool for achieving an open society. In this course you will discover what this treaty is and how it aims to advance human rights and the idea of an open society in Europe.
You will learn when and how people can turn to the European Court of Human Rights to complain about human rights violations and how the Court deals with the difficult human rights dilemmas of today. You will look, amongst other things, at the freedom of expression and demonstration, the right to vote, and the prohibition of discrimination. This course also addresses the rights of migrants, refugees, and other vulnerable groups. And, of course you will see whether and under what conditions human rights may be restricted.