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- Graduate Certificate in Human Rights
Duration of the course with a full-time study load. Studying part-time will extend the duration of your course.
- 6 months full-time
A full-time study load usually consists of 200 credits (approximately eight units) per year, with 100 credits (approximately four units) in each semester.
- Curtin Perth
Study human rights theory and philosophy across cultural, religious and political traditions.
Learn from researchers experienced in human rights issues and challenges.
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Human rights is a multidisciplinary area that incorporates political theories, anthropology, philosophy, education, social work, development studies and legal frameworks to build a broad and critical understanding of human rights.
If you do not have a relevant degree, this course is an entry pathway to the Master of Human Rights. The graduate certificate is for human rights workers, those who hope to work in the human rights field, professionals who wish to apply human rights principles to their practice, development workers, non-government organisation workers, activists, teachers, mediation and conflict workers, and community workers.
The course involves the study of human rights theory and philosophy across different cultural, religious, philosophical and political traditions, and how these ideas can be translated into practice in the contemporary world. This course is for those working either in Australia or internationally. It is multidisciplinary, and provides an opportunity for those from different cultural backgrounds, professions and disciplines to dialogue about human rights and develop ideas and skills in human rights practice.
Upon successful completion of the graduate certificate, you can enrol in the master degree.
Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.
- Our classes are taught by enthusiastic academics with strong theoretical and practical backgrounds. Our staff are multi-disciplinary and encourage self-directed learning in a supportive environment.
- These courses attracts students from diverse professional, academic, cultural and religious backgrounds. You will be immersed in a highly interactive course, learning from staff and fellow students in a respectful, dynamic and friendly environment.
- Our courses are internationally recognised. Graduates are now working in both government and non-government organisations' projects in Australia, Asia and Europe.
Our graduates work in jobs that aim to realise and protect human rights or to raise community awareness about human rights issues, in professions such as education, health, law, social work, development work, in both the public and private sector. Others work for human rights in a voluntary capacity, advocating social justice, peace and a sustainable future.
What you'll learn
- apply knowledge of the principles and concepts of human rights in work and community settings
- critically analyse political, service, policy and moral issues using a human rights framework; think creatively to develop human rights based solutions to social and political problems
- locate, critically evaluate and synthesise relevant evidence and human rights literature
- communicate, both verbally and in writing, comprehensive analyses of complex human rights data or theories
- use technologies to effectively collect information and communicate findings
- demonstrate ability in self-directed learning
- recognise the global nature of human rights issues and apply knowledge of practices learned
- demonstrate a critical appreciation of diverse cultural aspects of human rights theory and practice
- demonstrate ability to work ethically and independently on study and fieldwork projects, as well as work collaboratively with fellow students, staff and colleagues in the field
Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.
|IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)|
|Overall band score||6.5|
Other requirements and notes for this course
Some lectures in this course may be attended by both undergraduate and postgraduate students.
In addition to the course-specific admission criteria listed above, please read our general admission criteria. Our general admission criteria apply to all courses at Curtin University.
Get involved with Curtin's Centre for Human Rights Education.
At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.
You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course at another educational institution, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.
A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.
CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.
Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:
Tel: 1300 222 888
Fees & charges
International student indicative fees for 2020
Fee year: 2020
|International onshore – fee paying||Cost|
|Offer letter (100 credit) published fee||$14,500*|
|Total indicative course fee||$14,500*|
|Indicative year 1 fee||$14,500*|
Fee year: 2021
|International onshore – fee paying||Cost|
|Offer letter (100 credit) published fee||$14,800*|
|Total indicative course fee||$14,800*|
|Indicative year 1 fee||$14,800*|
Fees are indicative only.
*Based on a first-year full-time study load of 100 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).
It may vary depending on the units you choose and does not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks. For information about fees at other locations please contact the relevant campus or partner institution by visiting Curtin International’s offshore site.
For start dates, please view the academic calendar.
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Semester 1 and Semester 2
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- Curtin course code: GC-HRIGHT
- CRICOS code: 050729M
- Last updated on: June 4, 2020