CHANGE: Combining History Learning and Human Rights Education

12 October-22 November 2016 (E13616) | Closed
Instructor: Dr. Felisa Tibbitts

This six-week online course will be oriented towards the introduction and use of a new handbook for blending history education and human rights education. Through the application of critical pedagogy, this combination strengthens our understanding of actors, structures and processes of (in)justice in the past and present, and encourages us to take action to influence changes in the future.

The course will begin with an orientation towards the handbook concept and the key principles of this blended approach. For the ensuing weeks of the course, examples will be shared from different sectors — teacher preparation institutions/higher education, middle/high schools, higher education, non-formal learning and museum/memorial sites. Throughout the course, participants will have the opportunity to reflect on their own practices in history, citizenship and human rights education. Learners will develop an applied final project, which can be a unit or training program that blends history learning and human rights education adapted from current practice or an example shared in the course.

The handbook is being developed by a European-American team and examples are oriented towards those related to National Socialism and totalitarianism. Course participants are welcome to work with these themes or ones better suited for their learning environment.

Course structure

This certificate course is offered over a six-week period. It involves approximately 30 hours of reading, video lectures, online interaction among students and the instructor and webinars with invited guest speakers. This course will integrate active and participatory learning approaches within activities and assignments, with an emphasis on reflective and collaborative learning. Participants are expected to do the required reading, participate in online group discussions and prepare a written assignment. The maximum number of course participants is 25. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a Certificate of Participation.

Course outline

Week 1. Introduction to the blended approach to history learning and human rights education
Week 2. Critical pedagogy and methodologies of the blended approach
Week 3. History learning and HRE in the formal education sector
Week 4. History learning and HRE in the non-formal education sector
Week 5. History learning and HRE at museums and memorial sites
Week 6. History learning and HRE in higher education (with a focus on teacher preparation)

About the instructor: Felisa Tibbitts

Felisa photoDr. Felisa Tibbitts is Founder and Senior Advisor of Human Rights Education Associates (HREA), which provides education and training to adult learners in a range of human rights practices. She has carried out teacher trainings in over 20 countries, serves on numerous advisory committees and has published articles, book chapters, and manuals addressing such topics as HRE in schools and the empowerment model of HRE. Dr. Tibbitts is one of the co-authors of the handbook.

Who should apply

This course will be of interest to educators in higher education and the schooling sector as well as trainers working at memorial sites, museums and in the non-formal education sector. Previous experience in the areas of human rights education, history education and/or citizenship education is helpful but not required. A motivation to understand and apply a blended approach to history education and human rights education is foremost. Participants should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computer and Internet use. HREA aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution across the selected participants.


Tuition fee for participants: US$ 315; tuition for auditorsUS$ 125. There a limited number of full scholarships available for this course based on financial need. Payments can be made online by major credit cards (Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal and bank transfer. Bulk rates are available.

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EVZ Foundation

This e-learning course is part of the project “Historical Learning meets Human Rights Education: A Combined Approach to Exploring the History of National Socialism”, funded by the German Remembrance, Responsibility and Future Foundation.