Advanced Human Rights Courses 2019

Upcoming courses on human rights from the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria for 2019


  • Sexual Minority Rights

25 February – 1 March 2019

  • Disability Rights in an African context

11 – 15 March 2019

  • Women’s Rights in Africa

25 – 29 March 2019

  • Judicial Enforcement of Socio-Economic Rights in Africa

13 – 17 May 2019

  • Civil Society Law in Africa

26 – 28 June 2019

  • Children’s Rights in Africa

22 – 26 July 2019

  • Right to Development in Africa

19 – 23 August 2019

  • Police oversight and vulnerable groups

9 – 13 September 2019

  • Indigenous peoples’ rights in Africa

23 – 27 September 2019

  • African human rights system in comparative perspectives

21 to 25 October 2019

  • The role of men and boys in achieving gender equality

28 October – 1 November 2019

Categories: Human Rights Courses

Advanced Human Rights Course: African Human Rights System in Comparative Perspectives Course

The Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria is offering a one-week intensive course on the African Human Rights System from 21-25 October 2019.

“The course focuses on regional human rights norms and its application in Africa.

The course covers issues such as:

  • A general introduction to human rights law and the role players in the development and enforcement of human rights norms in Africa
  • The United Nations system
  • Human rights treaties and their status in Africa
  • European human rights systems
  • Inter-American human rights systems
  • The African Union and human rights
  • The African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights as well as the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights”

For more information on the course and to apply follow the link.

Deadline for applications is: 15 October 2019.

Categories: Human Rights Courses

UN Courses


  • Human Rights and the Environment
  • Mainstreaming the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
  • E-tutorial on Global Framework for Climate Services
  • Conflict series – 1. What is a conflict?
  • Conflict series- 2. Conflict analysis
  • Gender Matters: What is Gender?
  • UN CC: Learn Introductory e-Learning Course on Climate Change
  • Milestones in UN Peacekeeping
  • Introduction to environment, natural resources and UN peacekeeping operations
  • Environment, natural resources and UN peacekeeping operations: Restoring Governance of Natural Resources
  • Introduction to Security Sector Reform
  • REDD+ Academy e-Course
  • Children and Climate Change
  • Cities and Climate Change
  • Human Health and Climate Change
  • e-Tutorial on Climate Information and Services
  • e-Tutorial on Climate Policy and Public Finance
  • e-Tutorial on Climate Responsive Budgeting

Categories: Online Human Rights Courses

Data Tells a Story: Reading Data in the Social Sciences and Humanities

Free online course for 2 weeks. Estimated 4 hours/week to complete.

Description: “How can we answer questions about the world around us? How can we make decisions about what to do? Over the past years, more and more people have turned to data for help. Huge amounts of data are collected every day from millions of sources. This data has a lot to tell us! But data by itself is mute—it can only help us if we learn to make it speak and tell its story. In this short free online course, we will introduce basic ideas about collecting data, and techniques for turning data into information we can use. Along the way, we will hear from researchers at Loughborough University about the ways they use data in their work.”

Categories: Online Human Rights Courses, Social Sciences

Africa: Sustainable Development for All?

Free online course for 6 weeks. Estimated 3 hours/week to complete.

Description: “Africa as a continent is rich in natural resources and minerals and has increasing rates of wealth in some countries. The course will explore why there continues to be many sub-Saharan African countries which perform poorly on development indicators for reducing poverty, hunger and unemployment and improving maternal health and access to quality reproductive health services.

This free online course will assess progress made to date in the achievement of the UN Millennium Development Goals and will provide information from key people in international development to discuss whether the proposed UN post-2015 sustainable development agenda can be achieved in sub-Saharan Africa. The course is designed for anyone with a passion for humanity, human rights and sustainable development. You will learn to think critically and communicate effectively about development stories, past, present and future.

We will introduce the key concepts in sustainable development, the historical background and current context. You will look at the organisations involved in development and how they have changed over time.

We will also explain how development data are constructed, and the strengths and limitations of different types of evidence. We will highlight who has been counted in development data, how robust the data are and who is missing from data sets.”

Categories: Online Human Rights Courses, Human Rights and Development

Understanding Violence Against Women: Myths and Realities

Free online course for 6 weeks. Estimated 2 hours/week to complete.

Description: “The United Nations considers violence against women to be a grave violation of human rights of epidemic proportions. Such violence has profoundly negative consequences for individuals, communities and entire societies. This is why violence against women is a priority issue for governments and societies around the world. On this course you will learn about the roots of violence against women, the principles of gender inequality at its centre and most importantly, how to challenge entrenched attitudes that impact women the world over. Topics include:

  • Key concepts – Gender, Power and Violence
  • Defining and explaining Violence Against Women
  • Impact of Violence Against Women from a range of perspectives
  • Media and Cultural representations of Violence Against Women
  • Public and Professional responses to Violence Against Women
  • Preventing Violence Against Women – national and international approaches”

Categories: Online Human Rights Courses, Gender and Human Rights

Water for the People: Gender, Human Rights, and Diplomacy

Free online course for 3 weeks. Estimated 3 hours/week to complete.

Description: “We all need water every day, yet 1.1 billion people worldwide lack access to safe drinking water. For many, obtaining water for their families is a difficult, time-consuming task, falling heavily on the shoulders of women and girls. There is widespread agreement that people have a basic human right to the water needed to sustain life, yet this right has not been realized for nearly 1 of every 7 people on earth. On this course you will learn about the issues of gender inequality and human rights in relation to water, and the diplomatic efforts that are helping to improve access to water. Topics covered include:

  • Gender inequality in relation to water: How and why do women and girls bear the brunt of water scarcity?
  • Is water a human right? How has the human right to water been defined? What is the reality?
  • Is water a commodity to be bought and sold for a profit?
  • How has globalization affected access to water for the people?
  • How do nations work together to forge bilateral or multi-lateral agreements promoting access to water?”

Categories: Online Human Rights Courses, Gender and Human Rights

Climate Justice: Lessons from the Global South

Free online course for 4 weeks. Estimated 2 hours/week to complete.

Description: “Climate change is a global problem we all must face. This course will deal with some of the key issues related to the ethical dimensions implied by climate change – learning especially from the problems faced as well as the resilience models formulated by the marginalized sectors of society or the so-called “Global South”.

Categories: Online Human Rights Courses, Human Rights and the Environment

What Works: Promising Practices in International Development

Free online course for 3 weeks. Estimated 4 hours/week to complete.

Description: “Researchers from the University of Oslo and Stanford University, together with colleagues from Malawi, China and the UK, will examine interventions critically, while exploring how successful development strategies can be deployed in a range of international contexts. This course is designed for people with an interest in international development, including students, teachers, researchers, policymakers, activists, pensioners, diplomats, and those working for international development organisations and aid agencies. Topics covered include:

  • Core concepts in development theory
  • Poverty reduction and income inequality
  • Food security and agriculture
  • Global governance and international cooperation
  • Human rights and development
  • Good governance, rule of law and state building
  • Public participation and civil society
  • Successful cases of national and international development initiatives”

Categories: Online Human Rights Courses, Human Rights and Development