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Human Rights and Development

A rights-based approach to development has become increasingly central in explaining and addressing the underlying issues related to economic, social and political development. This approach focuses on the rights of the individual, enshrined in international human rights laws, as key enablers of economics, social and political development. This course will examine the rights-based approach and how it drives human development by empowering people to expand their choices and capabilities. It will also provide an introduction to international human rights laws (including special laws for the protection of children, women, racial minorities, and other groups), with particular attention paid to international economic, social, and cultural rights, including the human rights to food, health, housing, education, and work.


  • Introduction to Human Rights and Development
  • The Structures and Systems of International Human Rights
  • Key Actors in Human Rights
  • Civil and Political Rights
  • Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights
  • The Nexus of Human Rights and Development

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You'll Walk Away with

  • An understanding of the rights-based approach to development and impact of human rights on the ability for countries and individuals to economically, socially and politically develop
  • An understanding of international human rights and the procedures for how they are overseen, and the methods used by NGOs in human rights advocacy

Ideal for

  • Students interested in development and human rights
  • People looking to find a deeper understanding of international human rights procedures
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.

    • Section

    • Semester

      Summer 2024
    • Date

      Jun 20 - Aug 1
    • Day

    • Time

      • Online
    • Format

      • Online
    • Sessions

    • Faculty

      Smith, Raymond
    • Location

      Instructor Led
    Tuition $649