Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Human Rights
14 November 2016
On 14 November Utrecht University will launch a new MOOC about ‘Human Rights for Open Societies - An Introduction to the European Convention on Human Rights’. This MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) will be offered on Coursera. Antoine Buyse, Professor of Human Rights and Janneke Gerards, Professor of Fundamental Rights Law, both at the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) and connected to the strategic research theme Institutions for Open Societies of Utrecht University, will offer the participants an introduction to one of the world’s most intricate human rights systems: the European Convention on Human Rights. This human rights treaty is one of the most successful tools for protecting human dignity, and it is a crucial tool to achieving an open society.
Human rights are under pressure in many places across the globe.
Peaceful protests are violently quashed. Voting is tampered with. And
often, minorities are excluded from decision-making. All of this
threatens the ideal of an open society in which each of us can be free
and participate equally. A solid protection of human rights is needed
for an open society to exist and to flourish. But it often is an uphill
battle to work towards that ideal.
The MOOC will help participants equip themselves and learn more about what human rights are and how they work. They will learn when and how people can turn to the European Court of Human Rights to complain about human rights violations. And they will learn when and how the Court tries to solve many of the difficult human rights dilemmas of today. The course looks at, amongst others, the freedom of expression and demonstration, the right to vote, and the prohibition of discrimination. The rights of migrants, refugees, and other vulnerable groups will also be addressed in this MOOC. Finally, the course will look into the question of whether it is possible to restrict rights and under what conditions.
Is this a course for you?
This course is open to everyone interested in the protection of human rights and the linkages with open and democratic societies.
Interested in participating?
The MOOC ‘Human Rights for Open Societies – An Introduction to the European Convention on Human Rights’ will start on November 14 2016.
Enrollment is for free - participants only pay a fee if they want to obtain a certificate at the end of the course.