Introduction to Human Rights Education

6 September-21 November 2017 (E13317) | CANCELED
Instructor: Felisa Tibbitts

This e-learning course will introduce the international field of human rights education (HRE), including presentations of programming approaches, teaching and learning resources, and related theory. The course is intended for educators and trainers working in both the formal and non-formal sectors. Participants will be assisted in the development of a curriculum, training, or planning document to use these skills. Participants might be expected to apply these skills within formal education settings, for staff development within their own organisations, and/or for outreach and advocacy.

The course has the following sequence. First, it will introduce human rights education and foundational human rights standards and principles. This will be followed by treatment of related pedagogical theory. Ensuing sessions will be devoted to building practical skills and knowledge relating to program and lesson development, the organization of workshops and evaluation. The course concludes with a look at national and international policies supporting human rights education.

Course structure

The course involves approximately 50 hours of reading, on-line working groups, interaction among students and instructor, webinars, and assignments, and is offered over a 11-week period. This course will integrate active and participatory learning approaches within activities and assignments, with an emphasis on reflective and collaborative learning. Participants will do the required reading, prepare interim and final project assignments and participate in group discussions. The maximum number of course participants is 25. Students who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion. It is also possible to audit the course.

Course outline

Week 1. Introduction to Human Rights Education
Week 2. International Human Rights Standards and Mechanisms
Week 3. Transformational Learning and Human Rights Education Methodologies
Week 4. Planning a Human Rights Education Programme
Week 5. “Open week”
Week 6. Developing and Organising Learning Activities
Week 7. Resources for Learning Human Rights in Schools and in Higher Education
Week 8. Resources for Human Rights Learning with Adult Learners
Week 9.  Organising Workshops and Trainings
Week 10. Evaluation and Assessment
Week 11. Laws and Policies Supporting Human Rights Education

About the instructor: Felisa Tibbitts

Felisa TibbittsDr. Felisa Tibbitts is Founder and Senior Advisor of Human Rights Education Associates (HREA). Dr. Tibbitts has Master’s degrees from Harvard University in Public Policy and in Education with a specialisation in research methods, in addition to a doctorate in Political Science. She has worked as an evaluator and researcher in the United States, Europe, Africa and Asia since 1989, where she has been involved in classroom-based research, needs assessment, programme evaluation, training and workshop evaluation, and assessment design. Dr. Tibbitts’ clients have included Amnesty International, the Ford Foundation, the National Science Foundation, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), SIDA, UNICEF and UNDP. She has published extensively on human rights education and contributed to several evaluation guides, including Monitoring and Evaluation for Amnesty International Human Rights Education Activities (2010), Evaluation in the Human Rights Education Field: Getting Started (1997) and Learning to Live Together. Design, monitoring and evaluation of education for life skills, citizenship, peace and human rights (UNESCO, 2008). Dr. Tibbitts has been an instructor of the HREA e-learning courses Child Rights ProgrammingData Collection and Analysis for Project Monitoring and Evaluation, Human Rights-Based Programming, and Project Cycle Management since 2002. She won the 2016 Edward O’Brien Human Rights Education Award.

Who should apply

The course is intended for educators and trainers working in secondary schools and adult learning environments. Candidates should have a good written command of English and have high competence and comfort with computers and Internet use. HREA aims to ensure equal gender and geographical distribution across the selected participants.


Tuition fee for participants: US$ 725 (after 1 July 2017: US$ 825); tuition for auditors: US$ 275 (after 1 July 2017: US$ 350). Payments can be made online with major credit cards (Discover, MasterCard, Visa), PayPal and bank transfer (additional fee applies). Bulk rates are available. Payments are due upon registration.

How to register

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